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News Archive|Department of Theatre and Dance

UW Snowy Range Festival Continues With The Underpants

June 16, 2009 -- The University of Wyoming's Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival continues June 23-27 with "The Underpants," the hilarious adaptation of a turn-of-the-century German farce.

Directed by John O'Hagan, "The Underpants" will run nightly at 7:30 inside the Fine Arts Center studio theatre. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666 or go to the Web site at

Adapted by the incomparable Steve Martin, the Emmy- and Grammy-award-winning funnyman, "The Underpants" tells the story of a stuffy, puritanical bureaucrat, Theo, who is horrified when his delectable young wife, Louise, accidentally drops her unmentionables to her ankles during a parade for the king.

The unfortunate gaffe turns Louise into an instant celebrity, earning her many determined new admirers.

"Most farce deals with what happens when we get caught with ‘our pants around our ankles,' and this piece almost literally takes us there," O'Hagan says. "It's a wonderful mix of Steve Martin's intelligent and sometimes absurd wit and his goofy, wild and crazy side."

The festival, established in 2005 as an outgrowth of UW's longstanding summer theatre program and its annual dance festival, continues throughout the summer with three additional plays and three dance concerts.

Photo: Summer Comedy -- Jonathan Hallowell, left, and Nick Linn in a scene from "The Underpants."  (Donald Patrick Turner Photo)


Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009


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