Dallas' Undermain Theatre to Present Strindberg, Rabe, Lee Plus Reading Series

News   Dallas' Undermain Theatre to Present Strindberg, Rabe, Lee Plus Reading Series
The Undermain Theatre has announced programming for its 27th season in 2010-2011.

David Rabe
David Rabe Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The season will include works by August Stringberg, David Rabe and Young Jean Lee. Readings of new work will also be presented at the theatre and at the Dallas Museum of Art (in the Horchow Auditorium).

A listing of shows for the theatre's season follows:

The Dog Problem
By David Rabe
Directed by Katherine Owens
Oct. 23 - Nov. 27
"This mystical comedy examines the misunderstandings of some shady inhabitants of New York’s lower east side. Propelled by ominous humor, The Dog Problem explores the mesh of existence among mobsters with eerie glimpses of immortality. David Rabe mixes bewitching characters and beastly circumstances in a production with masterfully vivid dialogue."

By August Strindberg
Translated by Michael Meyer
Directed by Katherine Owens
April 2-23
"Occurring during the Easter holiday, a family scenario mirrors the religious festival: moving from suffering to deliverance. The gentle, imaginative and profound play unfolds in three acts between Maundy Thursday and the Eve of Easter day."

The Shipment
By Young Jean Lee
May 21 - June 11
"The Shipment is a hilarious and revealing variety show, probing the blister of race relations through multiple theatrical constructs: a stand-up comedy act, a song and dance number, a cartoonish rags-to-riches story and a naturalistic drawing room number with an uncomfortable punch-line."

Undermain Readings at the Dallas Museum of Art The Golem
By H. Leivick
Oct. 30 at the Dallas Museum of Art

"A 1921 'dramatic poem in eight scenes' by H. Leivick drenched in the magic and mystery of the Kabbala, The Golem retells the legend of a sixteenth-century Rabbi who defies God by molding a huge clay figure to defend the Jewish community from attack. This archetypal legend dating back to the 16th century formed the basis for many tales of man-made creatures gone awry including Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein.'"

Two Noh Plays
By Yukio Mishima
Dec. 10 at the Dallas Museum of Art

"Coinciding with the Dallas Museum of Arts’ program of Japanese Noh masks, Undermain Theatre reads a modern adaptation of two classic Noh plays by Yukio Mishima. One of Japan’s outstanding postwar writers infuses new life into Noh form while preserving the original style and inner spirit of Noh."

Undermain Winter Reading Series
At the Undermain in February (dates to be determined)

By Thomas Riccio
"In 1911 Sinnisiak and Uluksuk, two Inuit hunters on the Arctic Ocean, kill two Catholic priests. The incident, known as 'Bloody Falls,' became a national sensation, the clashing of old and new, the primitive and the civilized. Ilira (pronounced e lear ah) is a kind of fear. A blend of awe with intimidation – like looking at a winter storm."

Time in Kafka
By Len Jenkin
 "The latest play by Obie award-winning playwright Len Jenkin author of Margo Veil and Port Twilight. In search of the elusive Franz Kafka, a professor loses himself in time and in Prague. A delightful new play by a master American playwright."

Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street at Murray Street in Deep Ellum. For more information visit www.undermain.org.

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