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The USM Theatre season is replete with skirt-chasing dames, lonely love-torn souls, original dance, a production at the Portland Stage Studio Theater featuring a satirical southern belle and her hypochondriac son, followed by a pistol-packing nun, and the Maine premiere of the sensational new musical, Catch Me If You Can, as well as one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies “shadowed” by American Sign Language interpreter-performers.
USM In the Underworld
Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of “In the Underworld,” written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance.
In the Underworld USM Theatre
While imprisoned in Ravenbrück concentration camp for women in World War II Germany, Germaine Tillion, a French ethnologist and Resistance fighter, secretly wrote an operetta script that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity.
The cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Charles Dickens died before he could finish his extraordinary murder novel, and that is only the beginning of the mystery. Both sinister and hilarious, this Tony Award-winning picks up where Dickens left off.
Cast of In the Underworld
USM will present the English-language world premiere of “In the Underworld,” which debuted in France in 2007. The USM Department of Theatre commissioned this English-language translation from Annie and Karl Bortnick.
Cast of Doubt
“Doubt” won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.
The Cripple of Inishmaan
“The Cripple of Inishmaan,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, is set on the tiny island of Inishmaan off the coast of Ireland in the mid-1930s. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew threatens to turn the tight-knit island community’s idyllic life upside down and “Cripple Billy” wants to be in the film more than anyone -- if only to escape the tedium of small-town life.
Night Sky cast
An astronomer’s mind suddenly becomes as mysterious as the cosmos in “Night Sky,” the season-opening comedic drama by Susan Yankowitz, award-winning playwright, to be performed next month at the University of Southern Maine (USM) Department of Theatre’s Russell Hall, Gorham campus.
2013-2014 Season
The USM Department of Theatre has announced the lineup for the 2013-2014 season, which includes a comedic drama, distinctively Irish comedy, drama, comical murder mystery musical, and English-language world premiere of a darkly comic operetta.
Underworld poster
The University of Southern Maine (USM) Theatre Department will hold auditions next month for two spring productions. The productions will be a drama, “Doubt,” by John Patrick Shanley, and “In the Underworld,” an operetta by Germaine Tillion. Performers will be required to sing for the operetta.The auditions are open to all USM students. Audition slots must be requested before Oct. 14. Those who audition could be cast in both productions.

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