Katherine Owens, artistic director of Undermain Theatre, said in a statement, "Undermain's 31st season examines worlds on the brink of change. Each of these four groundbreaking playwrights has given us stories of cultural shifts and the way humanity deals with being at the center of a world hurtling into the future. This wealth of writing talent brings us a world premiere sci-fi drama by a celebrated novelist and three regional premieres; one is a timely new comedy by a promising young talent, another is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Play and last, but not least, we close our season with a prize-winning Irish novelist's solo drama about Mary of Nazareth."
Aside from The Flick and The Testament of Mary, Undermain will feature the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today and the Undermain Reads series at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dates and titles for the free Undermain Reads readings will be announced at a later date.
Below is a glance at the season:
Tomorrow Come Today
By Gordon Dahlquist
Directed by Katherine Owens
Sept. 16-Oct. 11
Opening Sept. 20
"Tomorrow Come Today is a world premiere Science-Fiction drama set in a not-too-distant future where technological advances have enabled the wealthy to cheat death, the members of the elite have the ability to switch from one body to a newer, healthier, sexier body at will, living for hundreds of years. But the planet's climate clock is running out. Dahlquist's futuristic thriller takes us on a shape-shifting ride into a world all-too familiar to our own."
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
By Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Dylan Key
Nov. 11-Dec. 6
Opening Nov. 15
"Once upon a time (2005), in a faraway land (Russia), 20 year-old Annie knocks on the door of a distant family relation to take some business classes (and lose her American accent). What she discovers are three friends who introduce her to the glitz and corruption of modern Russia, as Soviet echoes linger just under the surface. In Meg Miroshnik's darkly funny fairytale, the girls must combat evil potatoes, a ferocious bear, and a wicked witch, armed with only their wits, an axe, and a kick-ass closet of stilettos." The Flick
By Annie Baker
Directed by Blake Hackler
Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2015
Opening Jan. 17
"In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and big heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world."
The Testament of Mary
By Colm Tóibín
Directed by Katherine Owens
March 17-April 11, 2015
Opening March 21
"This one-woman show was nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Play. Based on Colm Toibin's 2012 novella The Testament of Mary takes place in the period when Mary is living in solitude in the city of Ephesus, guarded by followers of her son seeking to record her account of the events surrounding his death. In Toibin's portrayal of this iconic figure, she emerges not as the serene image familiar from religious art, but as a complex flesh-and-blood woman torn by grief and her refusal to endorse the official version of the story."
Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street in Dallas, TX. For more information and tickets, call (214) 747-5515 or visit Undermain.org.