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Caltech Playreaders: "The Underpants" by Steve Martin and Carl Sternheim

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Athenaeum, Hall of Associates

Directed by Greta Davidson.        

Steve Martin incorporates sharp, intelligent dialogue and inspired physical comedy into Sternheim's turn-of-the-century satire about a middle-class German family. A pair of underpants sets the action in motion, when young and attractive Louise Maske loses hers in her enthusiasm to get a better look at the German king as he passes by in a parade. Her pompous husband, Theo, fears that this momentary lapse will jeopardize his reputation and his government job. Instead, the incident sets off a chain of leering visitors, longing poets, and unimaginable events that will transform their lives, empowering and emboldening the subjugated Louise. 

Admission is $3.00 for members of the Caltech Women's Club; $4.00 for all others. Light refreshments will be served after the reading.

To dine at the Athenaeum beforehand, call (626) 395-8204 for reservations. Plan to be seated by 6:00. You are welcome to join the Playreaders table.

The Underpants is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

For more information, please phone 626-376-2299 or email or visit

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