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The Underpants

July 27 – August 25, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, August 1)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Steve Martin
Adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim

Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin is back with a riotously funny farce. Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops—wardrobe malfunction!—her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles. Her husband is frantic that her faux pas will cost him his job and reputation. But suddenly the room they’ve been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with…the underpants. Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences hits like Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Bright Star, and Meteor Shower, brings us a hilarious look at sudden fame and the crazy things people do when they’re in the grip of romantic fever. The New York Times calls the play “laugh-out-loud funny!” and “an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee.”

Cast and Creatives


Steve Martin (Playwright, The Underpants) is one of the most well-known talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Mr. Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967–1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, he shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” His films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). Mr. Martin is also an accomplished Grammy Award–winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, he released his third full-length album called Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. Love Has Come For You won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song for the title track and inspired their musical Bright Star, which had its world premiere at The Old Globe. Bright Star received five Tony Award nominations and received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Mr. Martin and Ms. Brickell’s second album together, So Familiar, was released on Rounder Records and featured 12 remarkable songs that bought the acclaimed duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers released a second album together in 2017 titled The Long-Awaited Album. As an author, Mr. Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile;a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a bestselling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. After making its world premiere at The Old Globe, his play Meteor Shower premiered on Broadway in 2017 in a production starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, and Jeremy Shamos, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Mr. Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, received four Emmy nominations. Mr. Martin and Mr. Short will announce additional tour dates in 2019 for their new comedy show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.


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Steve Martin
Playwright Steve Martin. The Underpants, by Steve Martin and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, will run July 27 – August 25, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.