The Crazy Locomotive

BY: Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
DIRECTED BY: Beata Pilch

Chicago Run: September 2005
New York Run: 
August 2005
Romanian Run:
 May 2007


“It’s a buffoonish, perverse, assaultive, and exhilirating ride, just the kind Witkiewicz must have envisioned.”
-Chicago Reader


“Witkiewicz nicely unplugged…few American theaters are willing to risk doing his work…it seems like Trap Door only has the guts.”
-The Chicago Tribune 

Romania Cast:John GrayNoah Durham, Beata PilchKim McKean, Greg Beam

The Crazy Locomotive is a multi-media superparody– of the worship of the machine and of the new arts of technology: futurism and cinema.

A band of degenerate criminals and artists commandeer an engine and seek to bring about God’s judgment by racing at apocalyptic speeds into an oncoming passenger train.

This is your brain on Witkiewicz.

Witkiewicz’ absurdist classic The Crazy Locomotive, a macabre extravaganza of video, sculpture, hallucination, body art, dream sequences, industrialism and anti-fascist polemics was recently remounted as Trap Door’s touring piece. The Crazy Locomotive premiered in Chicago, enjoyed a run at The International New York Fringe Festival, and then came home to play a full run again in Chicago.


Assistant Director: Andrew Krukowski
Set DesignEwelina Dobiesz
Lighting DesignRichard Norwood
Sound Design: Anna Czerwinski
Film Design: Carrie Holt de Lama
Costume DesignBeata Pilch

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
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)


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