Undermain Theatre Season

For its 36th season Undermain presents works from three award-winning mavericks of the American theatre in three premieres and a festival of new work. Season 36 will bring a world premiere science fiction thriller, a regional premiere of a blistering comedy of well-intentioned manners and an adaptation of a literary classic from a seminal writer of the American avant-garde in its first regional premiere, as well as the third installment of our festival of new American play readings, Whither Goest Thou America. Undermain’s 36th year, the season of the maverick. Four new opportunities to experience Undermain onstage.  

Red Chariot
By Gordon Dahlquist
A World Premiere 

Directed by Company Member Blake Hackler
Preview Performances 9/11, 9/12 and 9/13 
Opening Night - Saturday 9/14/19 
In Performance - 9/11/19 - 10/6/19
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.

What if Tarot Cards could actually affect your future? And you could use that Tarot Deck to control other's destinies as well? And what if the Internet created that Tarot Deck? Red Chariot is a world premiere science fiction thriller set amid the downfall of civilization after the Internet has created a mysterious Tarot Deck, that when read, can actually affect the past, present, and future. Gordon Dahlquist (Tomorrow Come Today) takes us on a journey though time as we explore the chaotic effects of new technological advancements and the role humans have, or haven’t, played in stopping that chaos.
Come see the reading of this show during our current Whither Goest Thou America Festival on April 17th or 18th before you see the world premiere next season to see how we bring a play to life!  
The Thanksgiving Play
By Larissa FastHorse
A Dallas Premiere

Directed by Executive Producer Bruce DuBose

Preview Performances  11/6, 11/7 and 11/8 
Opening Night - Saturday 11/9/19 
In Performance - 1/6/19 – 12/1/19
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28. 

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. A brilliant take on a modern American cultural dilemma.
Madame Bovary
By Adrienne Kennedy
A new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel 
In its first regional premiere

Directed by Artistic Director Katherine Owens 

Preview Performances 2/12, 2/13 and 2/14
Opening Night - 2/15
In Performance - 2/12/20 – 3/8/20
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.


Madame Bovary is the tragic, yet scintillating story of a woman who longed for a life she could never fully achieve. Emma Bovary is a woman who desires the illustrious and romantic world she has only read about in books or observed from afar. As this desire grows, Emma must seek to fulfill it, whatever the cost, in an ultimate quest to become the Madame Bovary of her wildest and most passionate dreams. Adrienne Kennedy’s innovative transformation for the stage tells Emma's story through the eyes of her own daughter and brings a fresh and exciting approach to this classic novel.
You can see her work, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, in our current reading festival on May 11th at 7:30 and May 12th at 2:00 pm
Whither Goest Thou America: 
A Festival of new American play readings


“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”
-Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

The Reading Series runs from April 16 through May 9, 2020

Undermain presents its third series of readings of new American plays examining the American Landscape. Past festivals have brought the work of local writers Jonathan Norton and Blake Hackler as well as other American playwrights such as Adrienne Kennedy, Barbara Hammond, Gordon Dahlquistand Len Jenkin. In addition to staged readings, Undermain audiences get access to writers featured in the festival in post-show discussions with playwrights, directors and actors.  Each week of the series will focus on a different playwright and play with staged readings by an ensemble cast. Audiences will have the opportunity to return each week of the series to experience a new work examining the American experience and asking the question, “Where are we going?”
Play titles will be announced during the season.

For more information, go to www.undermain.org

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