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ESU Theatre summer farce ‘The Underpants’ rescheduled for August

Emporia State University Theatre has rescheduled this week’s planned opening of Steve Martin’s face “The Underpants” because of four positive COVID results among the cast and crew. The show is now set for Aug. 24 through 27.

“Despite our immediate disappointment, we are excited to present a full run of the show in August 24-27,” said Director of Theatre Pete Rydberg. “The show looks great and is very funny — now we just take a brief intermission. We are all looking forward to presenting this great performance to the public.”

This guffaw-inducing comedy comes from the wild and crazy mind of the incomparable Steve Martin. It's 1910 in Düsseldorf. The placid, conservative life of Theo and Louise Maske is thrown into chaos when Louise’s drawers fall down during the town parade. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as the newlyweds, who have been trying to rent a room in their flat, face an influx of unprincipled prospective male lodgers, each eager to catch a glimpse of the now infamous pair of underpants.

New performance dates and times are August 24, 25, and 26, and August 27 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at All tickets for the original production dates will be automatically refunded to patrons.