A powerful testament to the triumph of the human spirit
A darkly comic operetta by Germaine Tillion
Directed by Meghan Brodie
Translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick
Musical Arrangement and Composition by Christophe Maudot
Musical Direction by Jonathan Marro
Choreography by Maria Tzianabos
Join us for a major theater event! While imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity. Satirical, searing, and altogether unexpected, “In the Underworld” is the English-language world premiere of the extraordinary operetta first produced in France in 2007.
The production has received generous support from the Dimmer-Bergstrom Fund.
Thank you to co-sponsors: Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, the Remember the Women Institute of New York, the USM History and Political Science Department, and the USM Women and Gender Studies Program.
$15 general public/$11 seniors, USM employees and alumni/$8 students
ASL-Interpreted Performance: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19
$5 at 5 matinee: 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23
Season Flex Pass: Just $45 for six tickets!
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Post-Show Discussion Schedule
- 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Christophe Maudot, composer and arranger; Annie and Karl Bortnick, script translators; Meghan Brodie, director; and the “In the Underworld” cast.
- 7: 30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 performance: Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the Ravenbrück Memorial of Germany; Dr. Christine Holden, USM associate professor emeritus of history; Meghan Brodie, director; and the “In the Underworld” cast
(From left) Elinor Strandskov, Sable Strout, Helena Crothers-Villers, Rhiannon Vonder Haar, Caroline O'Connor, Hannah Perry, Clare McKelway, Madelyn James, Virginia Hudak, Mary Kate Ganza, Callie Cox
Photo credit: Randy Hazelton, USM Free Press