On Tour in Poland

John Doe

Based on The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
Translated by Daniel Gerould
Adapted and Directed by: Andrzej St. Dziuk
Guest Artist from the Teatr Witkacy in Zakopane, Poland

In the summer of 2014, The Trap Door ensemble traveled to Zakopane Poland to co-create their critically acclaimed Chicago production of John Doe, based on the Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, under the direction of Teatr Witkacy’s Artistic Director, Andzej Dziuk.

Trap Door was invited back in the winter of 2015 as part of 130/30, a celebration that brings together Teatr Witkacy’s 30th birthday, and the 130th anniversary of Witkiewicz’s birth.Various groups from all over Poland were invited to participate and Chicago’s very own Trap Door Theatre was chosen to take part in the unique celebration.

The performances featured Trap Door ensemble members: Kirk Anderson, Holly Cerney, Michael Garvey, Johnny Graff, John Kahara, Beata Pilch, and Wesley Walker.

Assistant Director Krzysztof Wnuk/ Choregrapher Anita Podkowa/ Sound Designer Andrzej Dziuk/ Lighting Design Richard Norwood / Set & Costume Design Marek Mikulski/ Costume Assistant Jolanta Solska/Stage Manager Gary Damico/

Read More About this Production

Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s Madman and the Nun, “John Doe” tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization. Read more.

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Congratulations Jeff Awards Nominees: Marzena Bukowska,
Simina Contras
and Danny Rockett

Trap Door welcomes
Associate Ensemble members:
Dennis Bisto
Abby Blankenship
Nate Cheeseman
Daniel Chenard
Bill Gordon
Henry Greenberg
Logan Hulick
Emily Nichelson
Benjamin Ponce
Kelsey Shipley


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"
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