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The Locketeer

 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 a tragicomic refusal of facts. The adaptation will be devised with the ensemble.


 Written by: Elias Canetti


Adapted and Directed by: Catherine Sullivan


Cast: Dennis Bisto, Abby Blankenship, Marzena Bukowska, Holly Cerney,  Sami Ismat, Emily Lotspeich, Joan Nahid, Zachary Nicol, Keith Surney and Bob Wilson.

Opening January 25 through March 03, 2018

Performances Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8PM

Admission: $20 on Thursdays, Fridays, $25 on Saturdays, 2 for 1 Admission on Fridays



For More Information/Reservations: 773-384-0494

Where: TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

To guarantee your seats, please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to show time. After the scheduled show time, all tickets that have not been claimed may be released to wait-listed patrons. If travelling by car, please reserve ample time to find street parking. All sales are final. No refunds available for late arrivals.


Reserve your Chicago Theatre Week tickets now for The Locketeer


Chicago Theatre Week celebrates the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago. Returning for the sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week 2018 will be held February 8-18 and will include value-priced tickets to more than 120 shows. Visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings throughout Chicagoland. The CTW ticket offers will be listed on a centralized website – – starting January 9, 2018. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres with support from Choose Chicago.

 Get your CTW tickets for The Locketeer HERE

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Subscribers now get priority seating!!

Trap Door Theatre is once again offering our popular discounted multi-show pass! Use these passes in any combination for any Trap Door Theatre production with advance reservation.


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Super Subscriber pass includes
* Tickets to 8 Trap Door Shows
* Complimentary glass of beer or wine when you attend
* Exclusive invitation to selected rehearsals!
* Priority Seating for all of the shows

Passes never expire. Passes can be used in any combination anytime for any Trap Door Theatre production. Rentals, tours, or touring companies excluded. Seating is limited — please call ahead to the box office to make advance reservations when using your pass.


Other Ways to Support

By clicking the link below, you can donate any monetary amount, small or large. All donations go towards funding future Trap Door productions as well as our annual European tours. Trap Door Theatre is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Any amount is greatly appreciated.


 Ticket sales do not come close to covering even our “shoestring” budgets. We cannot do this without your help. Only through the support of our patrons such as you, can Trap Door continue to strive for excellence and enter each year assured of success! Thank you for your time.

Trap Door Theatre’s 2017 Wish List

Board of Directors
Administrative Interns
Paid Staff
Expansion of our theatre space
Macintosh Laptop
New Scripts
Video Equipment
Lighting Board (ETC Microvision, Express or Element)
Office Supplies
Marketing Assistance
Printing Services
Lighting and Sound Cables
Cleaning Supplies
Filing Cabinets
A Full House for Every Performance!


Support Trap Door by promoting your business!

Thousands  of patrons have passed through the Trap Door Theatre since it opened it’s doors in 1994.

Located behind Janes Restaurant in the heart of Bucktown, Trap Door Theatre combines a critically acclaimed and award winning

theatre company with one of Chicago’s hottest and fastest growing neighborhoods to provide you with a unique advertising outlet.

For a very reasonable tax deductible donation, Trap Door Theatre will include you advertisement in our next program which will run for at least six weeks with

3-4 shows a week for a total of at least 25 performances per show. For a little more, we can include your ad for the entire season which includes at least 4 main stage shows.

FULL PAGE AD (5.5 x 8.5)

$125 per program/$500 per season

HALF PAGE AD (5.5x 4.25)

$75 per program/$300 per season

QUARTER PAGE AD (2.75 x 4.25)

$50 per program/$200 per season

All prices are for camera ready artwork.

Interested in placing an ad in our program-please contact artistic director,

Beata Pilch at

Chicago Reader names Trap Door Theatre as runner up for Best Off Loop Theatre Company! Best of Chicago 2018

Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

Trap Door welcomes
New Resident Director: Monica Payne
and New Resident Sound Designer: Danny Rockett

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