The Underpants
Steve Martin
Adapted from Carl Sternheim

September 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26

From the author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile comes this exquisite adaptation of a classic German farce. Louise and Theo’s bourgeois existence is shattered when Louise’s wardrobe malfunction becomes the talk of the town. What follows is a fast and furious romp that skewers gender roles, double standards, fleeting moment of fame, and scandal-mongering. Fresh, funny, and naughty in all the right ways.

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The Humans
Stephen Karam

November 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Karam’s Sons of the Prophet was an audience favorite during PTP’s 2018-2019 season, and this uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play won the 2016 Tony for best play.

The Humans Stephen Karam

Mother of the Maid
Jane Anderson

January 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30

The story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. An epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable perspective, highlighting not only the conflicts that divide mothers and daughters, but also the profound bonds that unite them.

Mother of the Maid Jane Anderson
Brian Friel

March 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27

The O’Donnell family, fallen Irish aristocracy, have gathered at their crumbling family estate for a wedding. As the patriarch lies dying in his upstairs bedroom, the grown-up children sort out the truth about the family’s past, present and future. In this elegiac play, Friel (Faith Healer, Molly Sweeney) explores dysfunctional family dynamics and decaying culture with the dark humor and lyricism Prospect audiences have come to love.

Aristocrats Brian Friel
Top Girls
Caryl Churchill

May 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

Following an ambitious executive and the moral compromises she makes as she climbs the corporate ladder, this play invites audiences to define what feminism means and examine the price women often pay for success in a traditionally male realm. Written in 1982, the play is still terrifyingly topical in its portrait of an individualistic society in which the few thrive at the expense of the many.

Top Girls Caryl Churchill
Milcha Sanchez-Scott

July 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

El Gallo, a proud, poetic, and sometimes violent man, returns to his Central Valley family after a long stint in jail. Mingling scenes of explosive family drama with moments of magical realism, the play explores venerable father-son tensions, the mythic evocations of machismo, and the world of cockfighting.