Adapted from Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground

Co-produced with Lawrence Theatre Company
Co-created by Damien J. Wallace and Dane Eissler
Sponsored by Dr. Joel and Bobbie Porter


Starring Damien J. Wallace* and Directed by Dane Eissler

December 2-6, 2020- On Sale Now

UndergroundMan hides in the shadows, having withdrawn from society decades ago, uploading his memories onto his secretive blog site. One day, you receive an anonymous electronic invitation to enter his digital -- and mental -- world. The further you delve into his fractured psyche, the closer he comes to confronting his own traumatic past as a black man in America. In this world premiere adaptation, EgoPo resets Dostoyevsky's 19th century existential masterpiece to the virtual world of contemporary Philadelphia. Will you be there to listen?

Format:   Virtual Streaming
Location: Your computer

$20 Per Household Ticket

If you'd like to make Underground a part of your
Fall 2020 high school or university curriculum,
please contact producer@egopo.org.

Production Team

Technical Director and Designer................Chris Sannino
Web Designer and Video Editor.................Taj Rauch
Production Designer...................................Marie Laster


*Pending permission courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

About the original author of Notes from Underground

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (b. 1821, d. 1881) was a Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th century fiction.


Dostoyevsky is best known for his novella Notes from the Underground and for four long novels, Crime and PunishmentThe IdiotThe Possessed (also and more accurately known as The Demons and The Devils), and The Brothers Karamazov. Each of these works is famous for its psychological profundity, and, indeed, Dostoyevsky is commonly regarded as one of the greatest psychologists in the history of literature.

More information on Dostoyevsky can be found on Britannica.com

"Portrait of Fedor Dostoyevsky" by Vasily Perov

This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

COVID Safety Information

For Our Audiences

Underground is a virtual event that is experienced entirely from the comfort of your home. 


As a household event, you may include any friends and family in the viewing with which you have established safe contact.  

When purchasing, you will provide your chosen date selection and we will email you with a password to access the virtual performance.

For Our Artists

The creation of Underground requires a team of both actors and designers.

  • All rehearsals will take place remotely.

  • Set-up for recordings will be scheduled to eliminate person-to-person contact.

  • Our actor(s) will not engage with anyone in-person and will self-record the experience.

For more information and FAQ's, please visit our Covid Safety page.


© 2020 by EgoPo Classic Theater. 


Office Location: 317 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

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