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Amphibian Stage Opens THE UNDERSTUDY, 7/19

Amphibian Stage Productions will open its main stage production of The Understudy, written by Theresa Rebeck, on Thursday, July 19. Award-winning director René Moreno directs Chuck Huber, Sarah Koestner, and Carman Lacivita in this comedy running through August 5 at The Hardy and BetTy Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

The first two performances of the run, a private opening night for Amphibian’s Devonian Society on July 19 and a member night for Amphibian’s Members and Subscribers on July 20, are sold out. Theatergoers may call 817-923-3012 or book online at for performances July 21 – August 5.

About the Play
The star he's working with doesn't get the play. The disgruntled stage manager happens to be his bitter ex-fiancée. The set technician is high. Just another day in the life of an understudy. The most thankless job in theatre takes center stage in Theresa Rebeck's bitingly funny look at the underbelly of the acting world. Through the course of a dress rehearsal, we glimpse all the genius, bitterness and ridiculousness that underscore a life in showbiz.

The Understudy opens on Thursday, July 19 and continues through Sunday, August 5, with performances at 8 PM on Thursdays through Saturdays and matinees at 2 PM on Sundays. Performances will take place at The Hardy and BetTy Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, located at 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. To purchase tickets, theatergoers may call 817-923-3012, write to, or visit

About the Cast and Crew
Theresa Rebeck (Playwright) is the author of a number of plays, including Seminar, which ran on Broadway earlier this year, Good Behavior, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, and Omnium Gatherum, for which she was nominated for a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She is the creator of NBC’s hit drama, “Smash,” and was a writer for the 2004 film version of Catwoman starring Halle Berry. She earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A., an M.F.A., and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

René Moreno (Director) directed Amphibian Stage Productions’ critically acclaimed 2010 production of No Child… by Nilaja Sun, as well as the company’s 2009 staged reading of A Room of One’s Own starring Concetta Tomei. Other area directing credits include Hamlet at Shakespeare Dallas, The Night of the Iguana at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and August: Osage County at WaterTower Theatre. As an actor he appeared on Broadway in the Tony-Award winning play Amadeus, as well as Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare on Broadway. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing and a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from Southern Methodist University and is an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas.

Chuck Huber (Harry) has appeared in numerous productions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including The Sports Page, Jeeves in the Morning, and The Seafarer at Stage West, The Crucifer of Blood and How the Other Half Loves at Theatre Three, and Hamlet at Dallas Theater Center. He has also performed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters. Film and television credits include voice acting for a number of anime series, as well as The Fragility of Seconds and “The Untouchables.”

Sarah Koestner (Roxanne) has performed in the New York productions of Betrayal, Patriot Acts, A Night of Ken Urban, Othello, and Imitate the Sun. Her film credits include The Park, Project Foresight, and Leave Me Alone. She received a B.F.A. in Acting from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University.

Carman Lacivita (Jake) previously appeared in the Amphibian productions of Fully Committed, Three Days of Rain, Burn This, Leonce and Lena, Icarus, and Lonely Planet. He appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, and has appeared Off Broadway in The Witch of Edmonton, Lorenzaccio, George is Dead with Don Murray and Marlo Thomas, and Rose Rage. Film and television credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS Great Performances), “Royal Pains,” and the pilots of “Modern Love” and “Marino’s.” He received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University. He is a founding member and Artistic Associate of Amphibian Stage Productions.

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