The Underpants

by Carl Sternheim

adapted by Steve Martin

Directed by Karen Fleming

Sunday, October 15 at 2 PM (Please NOTE unsual day and time)
Monday, October 16 at 7 PM

Please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes after the start.

Please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary comic monologue (monologues will be available at the audition if you do not have one memorized). Auditions will also include cold readings from the script, individually and in groupings. Please be prepared to list your conflicts (i.e, dates when you can’t attend rehearsals).

Auditions will be held at the Cottage, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851.

Callbacks, if needed, will be on Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM

No appointments. All roles are unpaid.

All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected. RLT is committed to diversity, open to non-traditional casting, and will consider actors of all ethnicities.

Audition form available here. Download it, print it out, fill it out, and bring it to auditions.

Conflict calendar available here. Download it, print it out, fill it out, and bring it to auditions. (Please note that there may be one rehearsal in October, but rehearsals will start early to mid-November.)

For more information about auditions, contact the production team at

Performance Dates

January 2018: 26, 27, 28*
February 2, 3, 4*

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
* Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Production Staff


Karen Fleming


Laura W. Andruski


Mark Steimer

Assistant Director

Jen Katz

Set Designer

William T. Fleming

Sound Designer

Nick Sampson

Master Carpenter

William Kolodrubetz

Cast of Characters

Theo Maske - A burly, muscular fireplug. Married to Louise, head of the house. (M 40-50s)

Louise Maske - Very pretty, charming, sensual, Theo's wife. (F 20s)

Gertrude Deuter - Busybody neighbor, lives vicariously through Louise. (F 40-50s)

Frank Versati - An elegant gentleman and poet, in love with love. (M 30s)

Benjamin Cohen - Sickly, nervous, a barber. (M 30-40s)

Klinglehoff - An elderly man. (M 50-70)


Theobald Maske has an unusual problem...his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town -- a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce.