The Conversation About The Keys

An original play by Alice Shen

Directed by Jim Hunter


The Nether

A Play by Jennifer Haley

Directed by Joe Atkinson


Twilight: Los Angeles 1992

A Play by Anna Deavere Smith

Directed by Toni Schaperjohn



A Play by Kenneth Lonergan

Directed by Clay Prindle


The Conversation About the Keys is brought to you by the production team that brought you Bug last season. With wit and wisdom reminiscent of Annie Hall, award-winning local playwright Alice Shen premieres two companion one-acts about Tim and Thalia, a couple on the brink of tying the knot, who stop to reflect on the transience of love despite all efforts to make it stay. Told in flashbacks and fantasies, The Conversation About the Keys waxes bittersweet on the phases of modern romance: the chase, the connection, and what remains after the end. This world premiere production will grace the Evansville Civic Theatre stage over two weekends in September as the opening production of the Underground Series.

September 2, 3, 4*, 9, 10, 11* (2016)


Set in the future, The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

November 3, 4, 5, 6* (2016)


Acclaimed as "an American masterpiece" (Newsweek), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a stunning work of "documentary theatre" in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event. From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects, offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.

February 9, 10, 11, 12* (2017)


In 1982, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the wealthy, articulate pot-smoking teenagers who were small children in the '60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything they were brought up to believe in. The very last wave of New York City's '60s-style Liberalism has come of age—and there's nowhere left to go. In meticulous, hilarious, and agonizing detail, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era:  Funny, painful, and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people first go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers—ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.

April 6, 7, 8, 9* (2017)


All Underground shows will take place at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 318 Main Street, Suite 101, Downtown Evansville. Showtimes are 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays and *2:00 PM Sundays. Click Here to buy tickets.

About The Underground Shows

Since opening as a black box theatre in 2007, The Evansville Civic Theatre Underground has been home to numerous plays and musicals that audience members wouldn't normally see on the Civic Theatre's Mainstage. In what has become a nomadic venue for us over the years, the Underground has been housed in Washington Square Mall, North Park Shopping Center, and now at The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Underground shows often contain adult material that some may find offensive or controversial, but are meant to explore a part of theatre that is both thought provoking and challenging. If you have any questions regarding the nature of a show, please feel free to contact us at (812) 425-2800.

Underground shows are $10 in advance for general admission tickets and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Evansville Civic Theatre's Box Office during regular business hours.

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