Department of Theatre

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
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. 

$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 

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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

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

The Guest House - May 4

The Guest House

Embody Art!

Students from THE 299:  Mask Acting Intensive, instructed and directed by Warren Memorial Visiting Artist-in-Residence Dana Wieluns Legawiec, will present THE GUEST HOUSE on May 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Russell Hall. Free and open to the public!

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