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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The newly widowed Duchess of Malfi, secretly marries her steward Antonio for love, defying the commands of her brothers that she remain a widow. Their dark motives; including a need to control her fortunes, an irrational obsession with the purity of their blood, and her twin brother’s incestuous ...
Thu, Jan 14 2016 8:00 PM — Sat, Feb 27 2016 10:30 PM
THE TRAP DOOR THEATRE is proud to present...The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Written by: Meg Miroshnik Directed by: Nicole Wiesner When Annie is sent to Russia to be immersed into her native language and culture, she finds herself thrust into an enchanting post-Soviet world filled with new...
Thu, Oct 15 2015 8:00 PM — Sat, Dec 5 2015 9:30 PM
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progre...
Thu, Aug 20 2015 8:00 PM — Sat, Sep 26 2015 9:30 PM