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Trap Door Theatre

The Locketeer

Chicago, IL
The Locketeer is an adaptation of Elias Canetti’s play from 1956, The Numbered wherein a nameless future state claims its power by imposing life spans on its citizens. This competition for status causes social paranoia and... read more
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Past Events

Secondhand Time

Secondhand Time

Chicago, IL
Who do you become when you're alone? Who are you when you're lost in a memory? 'Secondhand Time' explores the many ghosts inside us and the experience of making and remaking ourselves throughout our lives. Inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, original text by Ellen Wiese, and...
Sun, Feb 4 2018 8:00 PM Mon, Feb 5 2018 8:30 PM

THEY

THEY

Chicago, IL
Artistic Director Beata Pilch directs Stanislaw Witkiewicz' THEY. “They are running everything but no one knows who THEY actually are?” Using the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, They examines who THEY are and if the secret government really exists. They tragically examines how the beauty in love ...
Thu, Dec 7 2017 8:00 PM Sat, Jan 13 2018 9:30 PM

Occidental Express

Occidental Express

Chicago, IL
Occidental Express is the latest colloboration between Trap Door, Romanian playwright Matei Visniec and Director Istvan Szabo K. Don't miss this new show by the team that brought you The Word Progress on My Mother's Lips Doesn't Ring True.
Thu, Oct 12 2017 8:00 PM Sat, Nov 18 2017 9:30 PM

Into the Empty Sky

Into the Empty Sky

Chicago, IL
Into the Empty Sky, devised and directed by Monica Payne, draws from a selection of Wislawa Szymborska’s poems as the catalyst for this new work. Szymborska, a beloved Polish poet and Nobel laureate, tended to view her subjects, both large and small, from an unusual, pragmatic, and wry perspectiv...
Thu, May 11 2017 8:00 PM Sat, Jun 17 2017 9:30 PM

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Chicago, IL
Written in 1941, Bertolt Brecht’s compelling parable The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a savage satire of social and political corruption.   Bertolt Brecht’s, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a political show written during WWII to denounce Hitler's rise told within a gangster parable that...
Thu, Mar 16 2017 8:00 PM Sat, Apr 29 2017 10:00 PM

Phèdre

Phèdre

Chicago, IL
Trap Door Theatre presents an adaptation of Jean Racine's Phèdre. Physical evocations of the myths of ancient Greece, as well as a critical eye toward societal conventions combine to create a modern take on this classic story of forbidden love.
Thu, Jan 5 2017 8:00 PM Fri, Feb 24 2017 9:30 PM

Fantasy Island for Dummies

Fantasy Island for Dummies

Chicago, IL
A 1980 “Fantasy Island” episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a “perfect wife” struggling with her defiant side.
Thu, Sep 29 2016 8:00 PM Sat, Nov 5 2016 10:00 PM

No Matter How Hard We Try

No Matter How Hard We Try

Chicago, IL
Dorota Masłowska’s NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY is a scathing satire about the decaying Polish national identity in the aftermath of war, occupation and the commodifying forces of Western capitalism.  Three generations of Polish women live together in squalor, escaping their desperate lives through...
Thu, May 12 2016 8:00 PM Sat, Jun 25 2016 10:00 PM

Clown Workshop with Victor Quezada-Perez

Clown Workshop with Victor Quezada-Perez

Chicago, IL
Trap Door Theatre’s director from the critically acclaimed production of The Arsonists will come to Chicago in May to teach specialized classes in Clown, Neutral Mask and Body Expression Mask. This Master Class will focus on the techniques rooted in the art of clown, fundamentals which may be app...
Mon, May 23 2016 6:00 PM Thu, Jun 2 2016 5:00 PM

How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients

How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients

Chicago, IL
Matei Visniec's How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients is an existentialist drama questioning the relation between personal and political, truth and deceit, real and de-illusional.  In this play’s maddening interplay of mirrors and projections, everybody turns into a mental pa...
Wed, Mar 16 2016 8:00 PM Sat, Apr 30 2016 10:00 PM
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