Our current season focuses on great divides:
the moral, historical, and geographical distances that come between us.

We hope to see you in the audience for these exciting productions. 


The Tour

A new play by Alice Abracen

Two people, a tour guide and a pilgrim, visiting ancient ruins in the Middle East. Then an army approaches on the horizon. 

Underlings is proud to present the U.S. premiere of this incisive drama, which asks, "who has the right to speak for whom?" 

May 4 through May 12, 2018
Blackbox Theatre
Chelsea Theatre Works

Closed Productions

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Romeo & Juliet
performed in the original pronunciation

We are delighted to present this classic tale of star-crossed lovers divided by their families' hatred. Original pronunciation, or OP, is a recreation of how Shakespeare and his contemporaries pronounced their speech. It is an (easily understood) blend of Scottish, Irish, and Pirate. 

Expect a high school setting and costumes a la Heathers, where everything's funny until it's not anymore.

February 23 through March 3, 2018
Blackbox Theatre
Chelsea Theatre Works


New Play Reading Series

Underlings opened its season with a reading series at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville. We had the delight of present three original plays by Boston-area playwrights. 

The Earth Room by Margot Buckley
George and Jitterbug raise their two daughters on Mars, replacing Earth with a perfect VR simulation.

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

Fruit in Winter by Emily Helen Atkinson
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