BY: Bertolt Brecht
DIRECTED BY: Stefan Brun

Opened November 2000

“Trap Door’s take is [as] weirdly unsettling as Brecht would have liked it.”
-Kate Zambreno, NewCity Review

CAST: Sharon Gopfert, Beata Pilch, Nicole Wiesner, Alex Present, Kristie Hassinger, Megan Rogers, Michael Matthews, Tony Macaluso, Culley Orion
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper, Stefan Brun

In several pungent scenes, we follow Baal, the poet and star, as he destroys first his career, then one lover after another, then his reputation as a human, and finally himself. All in the name of “¬†Authentic Experience!”


Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, a provincial Bavarian city in Germany, on February 10, 1898, and died in Berlin on August 14, 1956. Baal is his first published and performed play, completed by 1918, and reflects much of the physical surrounding and atmosphere of provincial Bavaria as well as confronting the artistically cosmopolitan Munich, to which the medical orderly, Brecht, went to study medicine after W.W.I.. He went on to Berlin and fame with The Threepenny Opera , a major influence on musicals internationally. With Hitler?s election, Brecht was forced to leave Germany and went into fourteen years of exile, primarily in Santa Monica, California as a screenwriter. After World War II, Brecht was called to testify before the House un-American Activities Committee, after which he left for the East German capitol Berlin to found the Berliner Ensemble, noted in the 50s and 60s for performances all over.


Stefan Brun has been directing plays, working with performers and with playwrights for over 20 years. His work has been in Chicago, as one of the founders of the Prop Theatre and, more recently, The National New Plays Network, as well as in Germany where he has been resident at theatres in Frankfurt and Main and Bonn. For Television, Brun directed 12 episodes of the Weekly Series ?Westerdeich?, for Germany?s commercial RTL network. He studied at Columbia and later at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin and with Peter Stein and Robert Wilson at the Berliner Schaubuhne.

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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