Undermain presents its fourth series of readings of new American plays examining the American Landscape. 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?”
Schedule of events
- March 5 and 6: Incarnate by Parker Davis Gray - Incarnate is a two-hander that was born out of the thoughts “What does grief do to you, and how far would you be willing to go to get out of it?” A man kidnaps a young woman because he believes that she is his dead father reincarnated, and is trying to figure out what his father’s last moments were like and why his spirit reached out to him.
March 12 and 13: Spaced Out by Erin Malone Turner - Spaced Out is a science-fiction drama that explores a family in crisis; virtual reality, miscommunication, grief, and the various ways people attempt to escape their troubles - in Ollie’s case, to an alternate universe of sorts. This surrealist play is an adventure of movement, technology, and Sign Language, as well as a bizarre journey through space and time.
(The March 13 performance will feature live American Sign Language interpretation for the members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.)
- March 19 and 20: Parent, Legal Guardian, Angel, Other by Zander Pryor - Parent, Legal Guardian, Angel, Other is a delicately woven full-length play exploring the idea of “chosen family” for non-binary, trans teens, and secret-holders, all trying to move forward with inclusion, love and self-forgiveness. A play fluid in time, place and identity, it follows broken people moving through liminal spaces and the love that accompanies them.
- March 25-27: The Punk Pan Indian Romantic Comedy by Gregg Deal - The Punk Pan Indian Romantic Comedy is a music-themed talk and performance piece by Indigenous artist and activist Gregg Deal. This new work focuses on the music that has moved him throughout his life, speaking in stories and antidotes that follow a timeline of struggle, survival, and ultimately healing through the power of music. A work that is upsetting, dramatic and at times pretty funny outlines the way music has affected Deal’s life from his earliest memories to the present and how it has influenced his ideas, his artistic work and his voice.