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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.

In the Underworld

In the Underworld

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
USM Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5151

In the Underworld

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. 

Tickets
$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! 

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151, TTY: 780-5646 

Click here to see media coverage and press releases. 

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

The Cast

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

April 20, 2014
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

In the Underworld

In the Underworld

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
USM Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5151

In the Underworld

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. 

Tickets
$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! 

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151, TTY: 780-5646 

Click here to see media coverage and press releases. 

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

The Cast

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

April 23, 2014
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

In the Underworld

In the Underworld

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
USM Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5151

In the Underworld

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. 

Tickets
$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! 

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151, TTY: 780-5646 

Click here to see media coverage and press releases. 

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

The Cast

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

April 24, 2014
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

In the Underworld

In the Underworld

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
USM Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5151

In the Underworld

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. 

Tickets
$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! 

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151, TTY: 780-5646 

Click here to see media coverage and press releases. 

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

The Cast

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

April 25, 2014
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

In the Underworld

In the Underworld

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: 
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus
Contact Name: 
USM Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone: 
(207) 780-5151

In the Underworld

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. 

Tickets
$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! 

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151, TTY: 780-5646 

Click here to see media coverage and press releases. 

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

The Cast

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

April 26, 2014
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Main Stage, Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

In the Underworld

USM In the Underworld

The English-language world premiere, April 18-27, in Russell Hall.