After a 25th anniversary season that included taking Neil Young’s Greendale to New York as well as a revised new version of David Rabe’s The Black Monk that went into print, the Undermain Theatre will open its next season with a revival of The Black Monk in September. The Black Monk will be followed by a world premiere in November from Obie Award-winning playwright Len Jenkin, whose previous plays staged by the Undermain include Poor Folks Pleasure and Margo Veil. Then, in February, the Deep Ellum company will present the North Texas debut of the outrageous solo performance artist-playwright-actor-drag-act and ukulele player Taylor Mac — who is originally from Texas — followed by a staging in the spring of an as-yet-unnamed work to be directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr., former artistc director of the Yale Rep and dean of the Yale School of Drama. Wojewodski is currently an artist-in-residence at Southern Methodist University. North Texas audiences are familiar with Wojewodski’s work at the Dallas Theater Center (The Real Thing and The Importance of Being Earnest). The Undermain will also present a play reading series, with dates and titles to be announced.
The season schedule:
The Black Monk. David Rabe’s adaptation of the Anton Chekhov short story, directed by Katherine Owens. Sept 9 – Oct. 3
Port Twilight, or A History of Science (A Chronicle of Folly, Wisdom and Madness). A “futuristic sci-fi thriller” by Len Jenkin, directed by Katherine Owens. Nov. 7-Dec. 5
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac. A compendium of some of Mac’s recent stage works, a revue he has performed in more than 40 theaters in London, Sweden, Australia and the U.S. (but not including his new two-man project with Mandy Patinkin). Written and performed by Taylor Mac. February (specific dates TBA).
Unnamed Play. To be announced. Directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr. April 10-May 8.
With the exception of The Black Monk, there is no ticket information yet. Call the Undermain at 214-747-5515.