Steve Martin’s “The Underpants”

The Underpants, written by Carl Sternheim and adapted for the modern stage by Steve Martin, will be performed on Friday, April 25 at 8pm, Saturday, April 26 at 8pm, Thursday, May 1 at 8pm, Friday, May 2 at 8pm, Saturday, May 3 at 8pm, and Sunday, May 4 at 3pm. Thursday, April 24 (8 pm), the final dress rehearsal, is open to the public at no charge.
The Underpants features the performance and production talent of Ventura College Theatre Arts students:, Kevin Bass, , Michael Byrne, James Culbertson, Drew Davenport, Berkeley Deitch, Dayna Miles, TJ Mora, Dan Saad, Elyse Sinklier, and Josh Zelman.

The Underpants tells the story of Louise, a pretty young wife with an inattentive husband, who, while stretching to get a better view the King in a parade, realizes that her dainty underpants have fallen around her ankles! Embarrassed, she quickly retrieves them and hopes no one has noticed. The only concern of her husband Theo, a stuffy bureaucrat, is that her indiscretion may affect his reputation and career aspirations. While her husband may be unaware of Louise’s feelings and charms, two men who witnessed the underpants “incident” come to rent a room in the couple’s flat in the hopes of romancing Louise. Theo, oblivious to the threat to his marriage, conspires to split the room and rent to them both in an effort to double his money. Gertrude, a nosy neighbor, urges the naïve Louise towards an amorous affair with one of the men, while the men themselves try to outdo and undermine each other to gain her attention. All this admiration brings Louise to a new awareness of her circumstances, her own worth and empowerment. When the King shows up looking to rent a room (it seems he, too, witnessed the underpants event), Louise has developed an understanding of how to get what she wants in the world.

Students in my classes will each receive one complimentary ticket. Come early, as these tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional tickets are available for purchase at the box office one half hour prior to each performance, and are $9.00 general admission, and $7.00 for students, staff, and seniors.

We hope this opportunity to use the theatre as part of our shared teaching and learning experience is of value to you and that you will take advantage of it. If you have any questions regarding The Underpants, please contact Jay Varela at 805.654.6400 ext. 3194.