Springs Ensemble Theatre lightens up this summer with the Colorado Springs’ premiere of The Underpants, a classic farce written by Carl Sternheim and cleverly adapted by comic genius Steve Martin. Opening May 31st, this hilarious romp includes over-the-top characters, slapstick comedy and more innuendo than you can shake your stick at. The Underpants is directed by SET member Sarah S. Shaver and produced by SET members Jodi Papproth and Keri Pollakoff.
German bureaucrat Theo Maske (SET member, Steve Emily) and his wife Louise (Erin King) are in a panic because Louise’s underpants inexplicably fell down during a parade for the King. In 1910 Dusseldorf, Theo worries this “wardrobe malfunction” involving Louise’s knee-length bloomers and ankle-length skirt could cost him his job as a government clerk. The cash-strapped couple’s room-for-rent has gone unoccupied for weeks. Suddenly, dual boarders come prowling around, each of whom witnessed the underpants incident unbeknownst to Theo and seem to have more than lodging on their minds. Frank Versati (Oscar Robinson), a smooth-talking poet, finds his muse in Louise and aggressively woos her. Benjamin Cohen (Emory Collinson) a hypochondriac barber, desires to protect Louise from the likes of Versati. The renters in turn arouse the neglected Louise and when urged by her voyeuristic neighbor Gertrude (SET member, Jillmarie Peterson) to take a lover, things get hotter than smoked wieners in the boarding house!
Theo Maske – Steve Emily
Louise Maske – Erin King
Gertrude Deuter – JillMarie Peterson
Frank Versati – Oscar Robinson
Benjamin Cohen – Emory Collinson
Klinglehoff – Marshall Keane
King – David Justice
Set Design – Max Ferguson
Lighting Design – Shayn Megilligan
Costume Design – Jillmarie Peterson
Sound Design – David Plambeck
Prop Design – Christine Vitale
Poster/Trailer/Program Design – Steve Emily
Stage Manager – Emily Christensen
About Springs Ensemble Theatre
Springs Ensemble Theatre produces intimate, live theatre in collaboration with artists throughout the Pikes Peak area. By telling diverse stories on our stage, we explore problems and examine choices central to the human condition. We believe that theatre should engage its audience and build community by exercising the conscience, entertaining the mind, and inspiring the imagination.
All performances of The Underpants will be performed at Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909. Performances dates are: May 31, June 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m., June 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at 4 p.m., June 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $15.00 cash or check at the door or you can pay via credit card on our website, www.springsensembletheatre.org. $10.00 student RUSH tickets are available for every performance with valid ID and cash or check at the door 5 minutes before the performance. Reservations cannot be made for student rush tickets. For more information or to make ticket reservations, please call SET’s box office line at (719) 357-3080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.