The Waterbury Festival Playhouse -- Central Vermont's only Semi-Professional Theater

The Underpants


Written by Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin
Shows (Evenings at 7:30pm):
Preview 9/25 (All Seats $15.00)
Fri. 9/26 - Sat. 9/27, Thu. 10/2 - Sat. 10/4, Thu. 10/9 - Sat. 10/11

The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes' home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.

The Cast
Theo MaskeEthan Alsruhe
Louise MaskeTatiana Galliher Jackson
Gertrude DeuterRamona Godfrey
Frank VersatiChris Demars
Benjamin CohenVincent Rossano
KlinglehoffBob Carmody
The Crew
DirectorGeorge Pierce
Set Construction & DesignRick Loya
Stage ManagerKathy Barickman

Ethan Alsruhe Ethan Alsruhe
has appeared with the WFP as Tim in "Noises Off" and John in "Year of the Duck." Ethan is happy to be back. Previous roles among others include Jamie in Quarryworks' "Long Day's Journey Into Night," Major Kovaliev in "The Nose" and Ian in "Art the Father," both with Green Candle, G.B. Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" and Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." Ethan has a BA in Theatre from Connecticut College and "performs" daily at the Williston Hannafords.
Kathy Barickman Kathy Barickman
is excited about her third season with WFP. She has been playing in the dark backstage since high school and has stage managed productions throughout college and then with the Valley Players in Waitsfield, VT after moving here from upstate NY. When not playing in the theater, Kathryn can usually be found at her job as an environmental laboratory analyst in Williston or singing with St. Michael's College Liturgical choir. Occasionally she is even at home in Underhill with her husband, Jake, and their houseful of loving critters. She thanks her parents (both English teachers) for passing on their love of theater and her husband for his loving patience.
Bob Carmody Bob Carmody
provided Selsdon in the recent production of Noises Off and has worked with Waterbury Festival several times over the past several years. Any role for a doodering, old, and possibly aging actor with a drinking habit or other cognitive impairment seems to be the order of the day as late. Bob enjoys the doodering as a break from his normally well connected self.
Chris Demars Chris Demars
lives with his wife and children (well one teenager and another in college) in Morrisville, Vermont. He works as a video producer and dabbles in theater. Thank you to my family for putting up with me and thanks to the cast and crew of The Underpants for the same thing.
Ramona Godfrey Ramona Godfrey
is a veteran actor of Vermont stage and screen, having appeared in several productions at the Waterbury Festival Playhouse and several community theater groups including Woodchuck Theatre Company (WTC) and the Lamoille County Players (LCP). Most recently (March 2014) she enjoyed the role of Doris in the Essex Community Players’ production of “The Cemetery Club”, followed closely by WTC’s live performances of “Our Town of Woodchuck, VT”.
Tatiana Jackson Tatiana Galliher Jackson
was born in California but lived predominantly in Vermont, Germany, and The Bahamas. She first approached the performing arts with an interest in dance in high school, later pursuing a Theater and Dance degrees at Amherst College and marking her first leading role portraying Celestina Del Sol in a production of José Rivera's "Cloud Tectonics." She still loves dance and travel, and currently lives in Stowe with her family, horses, and jellicle cat Poppy.
Rick Loya Rick Loya
It’s great to be on board for another season with the WFP. Rick’s passion continues in set design/decoration creating a different place, time and mood has always been challenging and exciting. You can check out Rick’s artistic services, stage works, and more on his website:
George Pierce George Pierce
is the Artistic Director for the Waterbury Festival Playhouse. Last year George directed the very heavy Parasite Drag, and felt this was a year to have some fun. So, he hopes you will enjoy this light hearted comedy.
Vincent Rossano Vincent Rossano
began his acting career in 1971 with the Barre Players. He performed with them as well as with the Plainfield Little Theater, the Parish Players, and at Goddard College until 1975 when he returned to school at UVM with a minor in theater. In 1981, a performance of Blithe Spirit for the Valley Players marked his 40th show and the end of an intense decade of theater. Job and family then kept him off the boards for nearly thirty years. Merry Wives of Windsor in 2009 marked his return to the stage and he has been busy since then with roles as diverse as Prospero in The Tempest and Fagin in Oliver!.