VP 2011 The Underpants

The Underpants

Written By: Steve Martin
adapted from Carl Sternheim

Directed by: Carol Ann Erford
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Run of Show

“The Underpants” ran January 7-22, 2011, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm

The Underpants PlaySynopsis

The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.




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The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Theo Maske Joe Capucini
Louise Maske Christina Billew
Gertrude Deuter Maggie Wielinski
Frank Versati James McFarlane
Benjamin Cohen Zac Gilley
Klinglehoff Bill Perry

Program Staff

Director Carol Ann Erford
Producers Patrick Drummond & Thomas Wagner
Stage Manager Megan Ray & Carolyn Cupp
Assistant Stage Manager Phil Taylor
Lighting Design Andrew Todd, Jr
Lighting Crew Kara Ayers, Laurie Gross, Dave Hutte, & Rory McLin
Sound Design Don Weber
Sound Crew Rich Chesko & Marc Malley
Costume Coordinator Megan Ray
Property Coordinator Joyce Calmes
Property Crew Larry Janney, Joyce Rupley & Bob Yarger
Set Design Wes Skinner
Set Construction Steve Mierzejewski & Brad Ray
Scenic Art Denise Coyle
Set Dressing Jean Davis & Tom Davis
Set Painter Denise Coyle
Bookholder Kate Argow
Program Jake Gordy, Laura Hansen, & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design Laura Hansen
Production Logo and Posters Jon McIntee
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberley Bruggemann, Pam Engle, Sandy Fry, Darlene Hatfield, Barbara Heindel, Sue Holliger, Debbie Krieger, Dianne Nowakowski, Jinny Patterson, Susan Rice, & Judy Wiederhold
Program Printing The Copy Center
Marquee Signs Derek Hansen
Cast Photography Frank Venda
Special Thanks Blissfield General Store, Jean & Tom Davis, Old West End Collectors Corner

The Show!

Place: The play takes place in a roadside cafe in the California desert.

Act I: Summer 1940

Act II: Summer 1958

Act III: Summer 1981