Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein stages the production that will officially open Oct. 23 for a run through Nov. 10. It will then play Hartford Stage Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2014. It is adapted from the 1911 farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim.
In addition to McCarthy as Theo, Conn as Gertrude and Moses as Versati, the cast includes George Bartenieff as Klinglehoff, Jenny Leona as Louise and Steve Routman as Cohen.
Here's how it's billed: "Pretty, young Louise is bored. Bored with her stuffy bureaucrat of a husband and with her small life. Dreaming of adventure and romance, she goes out to see the King on parade and an unexpected thing happens – her lacy bloomers accidentally fall to her ankles, winning her notoriety, a series of smitten suitors, and more excitement than she’s had in years. Adapted by film actor and legendary comedian Steve Martin, The Underpants is a stylish and giddy farce where one learns to never underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.