Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1987 to lavish Malibu tomorrow morning, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his “translaptation” treatment to Carl Sternheim’s epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Lives of the Middle Classes—with panties falling, dueling pistols going off, brunch being eaten and other signs of near-apocalypse.
David Ives has said publicly that “German comedy” is largely an oxymoron—except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary—at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.
From the Playwright
Carl Sternheim was a master of satire in the age of German Expressionism – more or less the top of the 20th century. I’ve admired Sternheim’s work since college, but it was his trilogy of plays about a family called the Masks that really intrigued me. In the first and most well-known play, sometimes called “The Underpants,” Louise Mask and her husband are in the street watching a royal parade go by when her underpants fall down. Louise’s husband – a Ralph Kramden type – is furious that his wife could lose her underpants in front of the king, unaware that her underwear has attracted the attention of a couple of other men. Needless to say, complications and comedy follow.
The second play picks up the story of the Mask family decades later, with the social-climbing son of the Masks. The third play moves us on another few decades on to the grandchildren, when we find that the Mask family has become immensely rich, powerful and famous. Now is that an American story, or what? So I said to Michael, what if I took those three plays, moved them to America, shortened them, and made an evening out of them ending in our own day? And Michael said yes. Or ja in this case. Needless to say I’ve changed the plays a good deal in adapting and Americanizing them. But what a great gift it is to be headed back into a rehearsal room with the incredible Michael Kahn after all the fun we’ve had together on the French plays. Still, I think it’s pretty rash of him to just up and leave STC after more than 30 years. He just arrived here, for God’s sake.
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Prosecast: The Panties, The Partner and The Profit
Q&A with Carson Elrod
ASIDES: The Panties, The Partner and The Profit
Q&A with Kimberly Gilbert
Designing THE PANTIES, THE PARTNER AND THE PROFIT
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Playwright David Ives intro video
STC: Affiliated Artist; The Comedy of Errors, The Heir Apparent. NEW YORK: Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: Manhattan Theatre Club: Comic Potential, House and Garden, Based on a Totally True Story, Explorer’s Club, Important Hats of the 20th Century; New York Theatre Workshop: Cavedweller; Public Theater Delacorte / Delacorte Theater: Measure for Measure, The Tempest, All’s Well That Ends Well; Theatre for a New Audience: Oliver Twist; Primary Stages: All in the Timing, Lives of the Saints. REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Bay Street Theatre, Barrington Stage, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare and Company. OPERA: Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow (directed by Susan Stroman). FILM: Wedding Crashers, The Weekend, Kissing Jessica Stein. TELEVISION: Deadbeat, High Maintenance, 30 Rock, Person of Interest, Elementary, Law and Order: CI. AWARDS: Emery Battis Award; Lucille Lortel Nominations; Drama League Nominations. OTHER: #FairWageOnStage. TEACHING: Yale, Williamstown, New York University: Grad Acting. TRAINING: New York University: Grad Acting: MFA; University of Kansas: BA; Upright Citizens Brigade; People’s Improv Theatre; iOWest. WEB: CarsonElrod.com.
REGIONAL: Ford’s Theatre: Born Yesterday, Jefferson’s Garden; Folger Theatre: The Winter’s Tale; Round House Theatre: The Book of Will, Angels in America; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists, Women Laughing Alone with Salad; Studio Theatre: Three Sisters/No Sisters, Jumpers for Goalposts; Taffety Punk; Theatre J; Denver Center. AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for Marie in Marie Antoinette (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). TRAINING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA.
STC: Affiliated Artist; The Merchant of Venice, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Pericles. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Perfect Arrangement; London Wall (Drama Desk Nomination); The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (Drama League Nomination). REGIONAL: Olney Theatre: Labour of Love; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Richard II (Richard II); Studio Theatre: Hedda Gabler (Hedda); Baltimore Center Stage: As You Like It (Rosalind); Barrington Stage: This, Absurd Person Singular; American Conservatory Theater: Arcadia, Maple and Vine, Once in a Lifetime; Guthrie Theater: Tales from Hollywood; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet).
NEW YORK: Broadway: Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre, NYSF / Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, The Play Company, The Transport Group, The Women’s Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, 59E59. REGIONAL: Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory Theatre, Two River Theater, Old Globe, Baltimore Center Stage, Hudson Theatre. FILM: Miles, Blumenthal, Frank the Rat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. TELEVISION: Billions, Bull, The Blacklist, Elementary, Deadbeat, The Family, Smash, Fringe, Damages, Boston Legal, Law and Order, The Summer of Ben Tyler (Hallmark Hall of Fame), Viva Variety. TRAINING: NYU Graduate Acting Program: MFA.
NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: BAM: The Parable Conference; Ma-Yi Theater Company: Soldier X; The Flea Theater: Office Hours, Looking at Christmas, The Great Recession; Ensemble Studio Theatre: Asking for Trouble. REGIONAL: Huntington Theatre Company: The Who and the What; American Theater Group: The Way We Get By; Tantrum Theater: Into the West; Theater Workshop of Nantucket: The 39 Steps, Time Stands Still. FILM: Hiding in the Open, How He Fell in Love, Completely Normal. TELEVISION: Small Miracles, Deadbeat. WEB: TurnaMete.com.
STC: Affiliated Artist; Seven productions including David Ives’s The Liar and The Metromaniacs, The Importance of Being Earnest, All’s Well That Ends Well. NEW YORK: Broadway: My Fair Lady, Bright Star. Off-Broadway: TACT: She Stoops to Conquer; Classic Stage Company: The Liar; Primary Stages: The Men (workshop). REGIONAL: Includes: Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, American Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Shakespeare St. Louis, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Kitchen Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare. FILM: Walk the Line, Miles from Nowhere, The Adventures of Buckskin Jack. TELEVISION: The Affair, Elementary. TRAINING: ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University: MFA; Columbia University: BA.
STC: The School for Lies, The Metromaniacs (winner of a Helen Hayes Award for Best Original Play Adaptation), The Liar (winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), The Heir Apparent. NEW YORK: Broadway: Venus in Fur; Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); White Christmas. Off-Broadway: Classic Stage Company: New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza (winner of the Hull-Warriner Award); Primary Stages: All in the Timing, Time Flies, Ancient History, Lives of the Saints. REGIONAL: Chicago Shakespeare: A Flea in Her Ear (winner of Joseph Jefferson Award for adaptation). AWARDS: Guggenheim Fellowship in playwriting. TRAINING: Northwestern University; Yale School of Drama.
Since the start of his tenure as Artistic Director in 1986, Michael Kahn has directed 65 productions at STC, received 28 awards for his artistry and leadership and steered the Company to the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award. In 1991 he inaugurated the Free For All, which brings an STC production to audiences completely free of charge each year and has reached 690,000 patrons. He also created the Academy for Classical Acting, an MFA program in partnership with The George Washington University. Since the 1960s Kahn's work has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in theatres around the United States, in addition to Athens, Cairo, Stratford upon-Avon and Adelaide. He has directed productions for the Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington National and New York City Center Opera companies. Previously Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre Center, the American Shakespeare Festival, The Acting Company and Chautauqua Theatre and Conservatory, he was a founding faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and served as the Richard Rodgers Director of Drama for 15 years. He has also been on the faculties of New York University and the Circle in the Square Theatre School. Honored by numerous awards, including a Tony Award Nomination for Show Boat, Kahn was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and was recognized as an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2013.
STC: The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The School for Lies; Henry IV, Part 1 and 2; Measure for Measure; The Heir Apparent; The Liar; The Dog in the Manger. NEW YORK: Broadway: Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations), Present Laughter (Tony Award Nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, Hedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Vineyard / Minetta Lane: Harry Clarke; Manhattan Theatre Club: Ripcord; Second Stage: Lips Together Teeth Apart, Modern Terrorism, All New People, Trust, The Water’s Edge; Playwrights Horizons: Rapture Blister Burn, Maple and Vine; Roundabout Theatre Company: The Understudy; Public Theater: Measure for Pleasure, Paris Commune; Lincoln Center: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (Lucille Lortel Award), Chaucer in Rome. INTERNATIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse / Paper Mill Playhouse /Tokyo / Berlin: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; London West End / Manchester / Glasgow: All New People. OPERA: Metropolitan Opera: Samson et Dalila; L.A. Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles; Minnesota Opera: Dinner At Eight, Cosi Fan Tutti; Deutsche Oper Berlin: Il trittico; Hungarian State Opera-Budapest: Lohengrin. TELEVISION: Julie’s Greenroom (starring Julie Andrews; Netflix). TRAINING: Yale School of Drama.
REGIONAL: Studio Theatre: Vietgone, Wig Out!, Cloud 9, The Torch Song Trilogy; Signature Theatre: Girlfriend, La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story, The Threepenny Opera, Dreamgirls; Ford’s Theatre: The Glass Menagerie; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Guards at the Taj, The Totalitarians, You For Me For You, Mr. Burns: a post electric play, Gruesome Playground Injuries; Round House Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride, Caroline, or Change, NSFW, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Ordinary Days, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Olney Theater Center: In The Heights; Pointless Theatre Co: The Rite of Spring, Doctor Caligari, Sleeping Beauty: a Puppet Ballet. AWARDS: 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations. TRAINING: University of Maryland: MFA in Costume Design.
STC: Troilus and Cressida (Helen Hayes nomination), Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes nomination), The Winter’s Tale (Helen Hayes nomination), Romeo and Juliet (Helen Hayes nomination). NEW YORK: Broadway: Freemont Associates: Fool Moon, (dirs. Bill Irwin and David Shiner), Largely New York (dir. Bill Irwin, Tony nomination); Off-Broadway: Laura Pels International: Hilda, (dir. Carey Perloff); Signature Theatre: The Regard Evening (dir. Bill Irwin); Classic Stage Company: Texts for Nothing (dir. Bill Irwin). REGIONAL: American premieres include: American Conservatory Theatre: After the War, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, The Colossus of Rhodes, (dir. Carey Perloff); Arena Stage: Tom Walker, Lovers and Executioners (dir. Kyle Donnelly), The Kennedy Center: Barrio Grrl, (dir. Peter Flynn); Philadelphia Theatre Company: The Happiness Lecture, (dir. Bill Irwin); Seattle Repertory: The Sisters Matsumoto (dir. Sharon Ott). OPERA: University of Maryland: Shadowboxer, Later the Same Evening, and Clara (commissioned and produced by the Maryland Opera Studio under the direction of Leon Major). AWARDS: Recipient of the 2018 Anderson- Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theatre Arts in recognition of her work in the Washington, D.C. theatre community.
Her designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Steppenwolf Theatre, Signature Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Huntington Theatre, Denver Center, Two River Theater, Women’s Project, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Okeechobee Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts. WEB: ElishebaIttoop.com
Founded by Jay Binder, CSA in 1984. Binder has cast over 80 Broadway productions, dozens of National Tours, several off-Broadway shows, workshops and labs, in addition to seasons for over 25 regional theatres around the country. NEW YORK: Broadway: Highlights include Disney’s The Lion King (all North American casting), In Transit, Dames at Sea, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out, 42nd Street, The Music Man, The Iceman Cometh, …Charlie Brown, The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, The King and I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jake’s Women, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl. FILM/TELEVISION: Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine, Hairspray, Carousel (PBS/NY Phil) and Six by Sondheim (HBO). Encores! At City Center since its inception in 1994. AWARDS: 12–time Artios Award winner and the recipient of the Rosie Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Part of RWS Entertainment Group. WEB: BinderCasting.com.
STC: Vanity Fair (STC and ACT); Richard the Third; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; An Inspector Calls (supernumerary and child casting); The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet (mainstage and 2018 Free For All); Camelot; Waiting for Godot (child casting); Noura; Hamlet; Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello (mainstage and 2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; The Tempest (mainstage and 2016 Free For All); The Taming of the Shrew; 1984 (children); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free For All); Tartuffe; Dunsinane (supernumerary); Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs (STC and Old Globe); As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All); The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice; ReDiscovery Reading Series. Other Casting Experience (McCorkle Casting, Ltd.): NEW YORK: Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High. Off-Broadway (partial): Tribes, Our Town, The Acting Company, Freud’s Last Session, A Perfect Future, The Irish Curse, An Error of the Moon; NYC Other: Lincoln Center Institute: Hamlet, Fly, Sheila’s Day. NATIONAL TOURS: The Acting Company, Riverdance. REGIONAL: Alley Theatre, Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Broad Stage, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford. RADIO: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson. TELEVISION: Sesame Workshop: The Electric Company; Pilot: 27 East. FILM: Premium Rush (Columbia Pictures), Junction (Choice Films). TEACHING: Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University, BFA and MFA acting students.
STC: The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet (mainstage and 2018 Free For All); Camelot; Noura; Hamlet; Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello 2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III; ACA: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Coriolanus. INTERNATIONAL: Vancouver, Canada: Rumble Theatre: Indian Arm; Vancouver Playhouse: The Music Man; Dorothy Somerset Studio: The Glass Menagerie, The Cherry Orchard; SFU Theatre: Laurier; Tooba Theatre: Twelfth Night; UBC Theatre: The House of Atreus, Arcadia; York University: Our Country’s Good. FILM: Dialect, voice or text: Warcraft, Horns, Firewall, Monster Trucks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Suckerpunch, The Watchman, Hidden, Apollo 18, The Uninvited, Hot Rod, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Elektra. TELEVISION: Dialect: Tin Star, Bates Motel, The Wilding, The 100, Alcatraz, Rogue, Red Widow, The Secret Circle, Heavenly, The River, Human Target, The Good Wife, Inseparable, Cooking Lessons, Just Cause. OTHER: Acting: theatre, film and voice-overs; Directing: The Bay at Nice, Agamemnon. TEACHING: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor; Canada’s National Voice Intensive: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor. TRAINING: York University: MFA in Acting, Voice Teacher’s Diploma; University of British Columbia: BFA in Acting.
STC: 40 productions over 8 seasons, including 19 works from the 36-play Shakespeare canon and world premieres by David Ives, Robert Pinsky, Jeffrey Hatcher, Yaël Farber and Heather Raffo. NEW YORK: Broadway: Roundabout: Time and the Conways (dir. Rebecca Taichman). REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists (German translation / Text Consultant); Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew (Play on!); STC / McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter’s Tale; Center Stage: Caroline or Change, Cyrano, Around the World in 80 Days; Yale Repertory Theatre: Lulu (dir. Mark Lamos); Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Front Page, The Physicists, The Corn Is Green; New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman). INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Salomé, Les Blancs (dir. Yaël Farber). OTHER: Yale School of Drama: Tarell McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water (U.S. Premiere); TEACHING: Catholic University of America; Eugene Lang College at the New School. TRAINING: Yale School of Drama: Doctor of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.
STC: Richard the Third; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; Camelot; Hamlet; The Lover and The Collection; The School for Lies; The Tempest (2016 Free For All); The Taming of the Shrew; Othello (mainstage and 2017 Free For All); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Tartuffe; The Metromaniacs; The Tempest. NEW YORK: 59E59: C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar); New York International Fringe Festival: Magic Kingdom, The More Loving One (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award: Best Overall Production/Play); Marymount Manhattan College: columbinus; August Strindberg Rep Theatre: Mr. Bengt’s Wife; Atlantic Acting School: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; HERE Arts Center: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona; Classic Stage Company: MacB**h (workshop); Outhouse Theatre Co: Mercy Thieves (U.S. Premiere), The Boys (U.S. Premiere); Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab: MacB**h (workshop). REGIONAL: 5th Avenue Theatre: The Secret Garden; Opera House Arts: Antony and Cleopatra; SUNY Purchase College: The Miser. INTERNATIONAL: The Flick by Annie Baker (Sydney Premiere); The Aliens by Annie Baker (Sydney Premiere); 4 Minutes, 12 Seconds (Australian Premiere). OTHER: Producer, Red Bull Theater, Short New Play Festival; Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab (member). TRAINING: The Juilliard School. WEB: CraigBaldwin.net.
STC: 30 productions including The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Camelot; Hamlet; The School for Lies; The Secret Garden (also at 5th Avenue Theatre and Theater Under the Stars); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (also at Guthrie Theater); Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Tempest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Strange Interlude; All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Let Me Down Easy; Seattle Repertory Theatre: Eight seasons including An Ideal Husband, Play On!, Golden Child, Don Juan, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin); American Conservatory Theater: The Rivals, The Circle, The Government Inspector, Vigil; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Journey to the West, An Almost Holy Picture, Having Our Say; Regional Tour: Let Me Down Easy and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (both with Anna Deavere Smith). TRAINING: Oberlin College: BA.
STC: The Panties, The Partner and The Profit. REGIONAL: Studio Theatre: If I Forget, Vietgone, Wig Out!; Theatre J: Becoming Dr. Ruth; The Second City: Twist Your Dickens; Mosaic Theater: Satchmo at the Waldorf; American Conservatory Theater: A Christmas Carol, Love and Information, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. TRAINING: University of Maryland, College Park: BA in Stage Management.