Into The Empty Sky

Written by: Wislawa Szymborska
Devised and directed by Monica Payne

 May 11 through June 17


  Purchase Tickets


or Call 773-384-0494


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.



To celebrate Trap Door’s 23rd Anniversary season Trap Door Theatre is uniting with Jane’s restaurant to offer an exclusive dinner deal for its patrons. Bring in your proof of ticket purchase and receive Jane’s prix fix menu (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) for only $30.

A vanguard in the revitalization of Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, Jane’s restaurant has been serving contemporary comfort foods in a unique and charming setting since 1994.

*Tickets must be purchased through only; Not redeemable with other discount offers. Guests must make reservations with Jane’s 24 hours prior to coming with the last seating at 6:30PM.  Tax and gratuity not included.  Please allow ample time for parking. In the event that you cannot make your dinner reservations, Jane’s will honor the prix fix menu to you at another time.


Jane’s Restaurant also offers a complimentary glass of wine with purchase of your entree! Just show your ticket to your server and enjoy! Jane’s is located in the front of the Trap Door building at 1655 W. Cortland Ave.


Join us for our 23rd Season and become a subscriber!

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.

See 4 shows for just $75 (save up to $25!) Click Here to Purchase Your 4 Show Pass!

See 8 shows for just $120 (save up to $80!) Click Here to Purchase Your 8 Show Pass!

Super Subscriber Package $150 (save up to $80!) Click Here to Purchase Your Super Subscriber 8 Show Pass!

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 2016 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

Congratulations Jeff Awards Nominees 2017: Rachel Sypniewski,
Victor Quezada-Perez
and "ARTURO UI Ensemble"

Trap Door welcomes
Associate Ensemble members:

Adam Huizenga
Sami Ismat
David Kaplinsky
Vic Kuligoski
Eddie Lynch
Josh Pennington
Christopher Prchal
Alex Stien
Alexander Trice
Nora Lise Ulrey
Kristin Davis*
(*Resident Stage Manager)


Congratulations to our amazing Danny Rockett for recent Joseph Jefferson Award - Original Music in a Play for "How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients"
Time Out Chicago recognizes Trap Door as one of the best storefront theatres in the city!

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