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Underground Theatre

Student-Produced Summer Theatre

Three Plays
June 20 to July 26, 2019

The Underground at the Hilberry
Theatre is only accessible by stairs

The Underground is a fully student-produced summer theatre laboratory. Shows produced by The Underground have no faculty involvement, allowing students to experiment with shows and theatrical styles that directly appeal to them. This summer, students will produce NO EXIT by Jean-Paul Sartre, THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO by Christopher Durang, and A DREAM PLAY by August Strindberg. See below for each show’s performance schedule and tickets.

2019 Shows

NO EXIT

by Jean-Paul Sartre
Adapted from the French by Paul Bowles
June 20 to 28, 2019

Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in Hell. The windows are bricked up, there are no mirrors, the electric lights can never be turned off, and there is no exit. The irony of this Hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of Hell. It is eternal torment.

No Exit is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. a Concord Theatricals Company.

Performance Schedule

 
Thursday, June 20 8 p.m.
Friday, June 21 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 27 8 p.m.
Friday, June 28 8 p.m.

THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO

by Christopher Durang
July 5 to 12, 2019

As the play begins Bette and Boo are being united in matrimony, surrounded by their beaming families. But as the further progress of their marriage is chronicled it becomes increasingly clear that things are not working out quite as hoped for. The birth of their son is followed by a succession of stillborns; Boo takes to drink; and their respective families are odd lots to say the least. Conveyed in a series of dazzlingly inventive interconnected scenes, the play moves wickedly on through three decades of divorce, alcoholism, madness and fatal illness—all treated with a farcical brilliance which, through the author’s unique talent, mines the unlikely lodes of irony and humor residing in these ostensibly unhappy events.

Performance Schedule

 
Friday, July 5 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 11 8 p.m.
Friday, July 12 8 p.m.

A DREAM PLAY

by August Strindberg
July 18 to 26, 2019

In Strindberg’s A Dream Play, written in 1901, characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessively recurrent image. As Strindberg himself wrote in his Preface, he wanted “to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream.
Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist… The Daughter of Indra is a goddess who comes down to earth in the form of a beautiful woman to find out why humanity is so discontent. Like Christ, she experiences the pain of being human. At first, she is hopeful that love will conquer all, but after she listens to the anguished cries of humanity, experiences the pain of family life, and discovers that reform will always be stifled by the self-righteous, she can only look upon humanity with compassion.

Performance Schedule

 
Thursday, July 18 8 p.m.
Friday, July 19 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 8 p.m.
Friday, July 26 8 p.m.