A community reels when a member falls in with a group of extremists—then takes action on his new friends’ dangerous ideals. 

Two faithful subjects take their country’s fate into their own hands—by killing the king.

In a tilting world where fact is fiction and power can be taken in the dark of night, Underlings brings the all new Alice Abracen play What Rough Beast and Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the Boston area for a thrilling second season: FALSE FACES/FALSE HEARTS.


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The Tour

A guide and a pilgrim visit ancient ruins on the Iraq-Syria border, only days before ISIS is expected to raze the area. The secret each is keeping could put the other in danger. After rave reviews and glowing audience responses, we've brought back this tragicomedy that "clocks in at a brief seventy minute run time, but manages to pack a hell of a punch." 

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 Playwrights’ Theatre



A Shakespearean horror for the modern age: feel the grip of paranoia as the smallest push sends the Macbeths spiraling down the path to darkness. With a lean cast of six, The Underlings presents this production inspired by The Blair Witch Project and other contemporary horror movies.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Thomas Blackwell

April 5-13, 2019
The Mosesian Center for the Arts Blackbox
Watertown, MA