Season One

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Ada, Soon

A new play on artificial intelligence & the apocalypse, interwoven with The Tempest.

Written and directed by Lelaina Vogel
Premiered in Boston after a successful run at the Providence Fringe Festival

September 8 and 9, 2017
The Space Studio at Auspicious Phoenix
438 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA

 
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Season One Reading Series

Underlings followed its first production with a reading series at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. We had the delight of presenting three original plays by Boston-area playwrights. 

The Earth Room 
by Marge Buckley
directed by Sarah Batista-Pereira
George and Jitterbug raise their two daughters on Mars, replacing Earth with a perfect VR simulation.

The Uninvited Guest
by Maryanne Truax
directed by Lelaina Vogel
A classic dinner party farce with love triangles, surprises, and lobster bisque galore. 

Fruit in Winter 
by Emily Helen Atkinson
directed by Peter V. Secrest
A contemporary retelling of Doctor Faustus, imagining Faust as we all do: a queer feminist grad student. 

November 15, November 29, and December 13, 2017
Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

 
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Romeo & Juliet

Underlings presented this classic tale of star-crossed lovers divided by their families' hatred with two special twists. The show was performed in its original pronunciation, a recreation of the dialect Shakespeare and his contemporaries used. We set the action in a 1980s high school, inspired by films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Heathers.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lelaina Vogel
Text and Dialect Coaching by Daniel Blackwell

February 23rd through March 3rd, 2018
The Blackbox at the Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA

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The Tour

A guide and a pilgrim visit ancient ruins days before ISIS marches through.

Each has a secret that will put the other in danger.

Written by Alice Abracen
Directed by Lelaina Vogel

May 4th through May 12th, 2018
The Blackbox Theatre at the Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA


Season Two

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The Tour

Off popular demand, Underlings remounted our first production of The Tour in a new space.

A guide and a pilgrim visit ancient ruins days before ISIS marches through.

Each has a secret that will put the other in danger.

Written by Alice Abracen
Directed by Lelaina Vogel

September 13 & 14, 2018 at 8PM
September 15, 2018 at 7PM & 9PM
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown

 
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What Rough Beast

A controversial professor is invited to speak at a progressive college, fracturing the student body along personal and political fault lines. But when one of their own acts on the speaker’s extremist ideals, those cracks become canyons that will change lives forever.

Written by Alice Abracen
Directed by Lelaina Vogel

January 11 through 19, 2019
at the Boston Playwright’s Theatre