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The UnderpantsThe Underpants
By Carl Sternheim
Adapted by
Steve Martin

September 2-24, 2005

Directed by Rhonda Clark
 


"Don't underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie!" shouts an uptight government clerk. When the garment in question belongs to his beautiful wife and the setting is the rather repressed Germany of 1910, he may have a point.

During the king's parade, Louise climbed on a bench for a better view, but her pantaloons headed south, and the surrounding crowd got the best view of all.

Theo frets that his government career is finished, that their chances for renting the spare room are over, and they are doomed to financial ruin. However, their spare room becomes the hottest commodity in Dusseldorf, as several men who caught a glimpse at the parade vie for more than a glimpse of the lady of the house.

  

Her sudden celebrity status is exhilarating for a young wife in a sexless marriage, and when her prying neighbor urges her on, Louise abandons her inhibitions and the hilarity multiplies.

     

Steve Martinís adaptation of Carl Sternheimís 1910 farce "Die Hose" is brimming with rapid-fire wit, double entendres and fast-paced action. The comedian may be best known for such movies as FATHER OF THE BRIDE, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and THE JERK, but he is also an Emmy-winning television writer, playwright, novelist and essayist. His first play PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, about the mythical meeting of Picasso and Einstein in a Paris bar, broke box office records around the country, and delighted Carpenter Square audiences five years ago. Two of the current cast members also appeared in that production at Carpenter Square.

  

Carpenter Square Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council for this production. The theater is an Allied Arts member agency and this production is an Allied Arts Star Card event.

      

THE UNDERPANTS is rated PG.
 

 THE CAST    


Theo Maske   Corey Whaley
Louise Maske   Jeni White
Gertrude Deuter   Tigger Archard
Frank Versati   Terren M. Wooten
Benjamin Cohen   Terry Veal
Klinglehoff   Bob Cross
King   Paul Smith
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Rhonda Clark
Set & Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Stage Manager   Bob Cross
Light Technician   Kylee Holland
Sound Technician   Farah Shaukat
Set Construction   Steven Gillmore
Rockne Gillen
Kim R. Davis
Scenic Painting   Rhonda Clark
Steven Gillmore
Jeni White
Paul Smith
Christi Newbury
John Brumley
Doobie Potter
Anthony Bullock
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Running Crew   Mona Cross
Angela Brock
Technical Director   Steven Gillmore
Poster Photo   Rhonda Clark
Poster Design   Phil Carlton
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Steve Vann - Spivey's Fine Used Furniture & Antiques - Marilyn Veal - Rockne Gillen - Classen SAS Drama Department - Tom Harrington - Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition - Julia Kirt - Ted's Cafe Escondido


Produced by special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
   

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