The World Premiere of


Written by: Ken Prestininzi
Directed by: Kate Hendrickson
May 15-June 21, 2008

This production won a Jeff Award for Best New Work!
Betsy Zajko was also nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role.

Cast: Featuring Betsy Zajko as Paula, with Jason Huysman, John Kahara, Judy Loyd, and Kristen Williams

Elegant. Poetic. Archetypal. Fluid. Surreal. Luscious. Highly recommended.
-Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

Wonderfully evocative! A protofeminist tale that also delves deeply into the push-pull of an artist’s psyche — Prestininzi’s play is as poetic, emotionally fraught and unresolved as the lives of its fascinating (and perfectly neurotic) characters. Betsy Zajko [gives] a wonderfully unpredictable, volatile, self-testing performance that perfectly echoes her character. Directed by Kate Hendrickson with great sensitivity and a sense of true emotional wildness, the production is as beautiful and richly haunted as a Modersohn-Becker painting.
–Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-times

“Highly recommended! Top five shows to see!
-Monica Westin, New City Chicago

“A fluid and poetic voice…Prestininzi gives us the living texture behind the canvas.

-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“Bold and beguiling! A fierce, brassy, and throughly convincing portrait of a true revolutionary. Strong performances and crisp mercifully humorous writing make this uncompromising play a taste worth cultivating.”
-Time Out Chicago

“An exceptionally wonderful world premiere. Beautifully voyeuristic and dramatically intimate. Filled with breathtaking observations on art and love, this is as much a portrait of the artist in general as it is a specific rendering of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s life and work. Betsy Zajko and Kristen Williams Smith have magnificent chemistry together, as Paula and her friend Clara Rilke-Westhoff respectively. Judy Loyd delivers Anna Dreeban, model for and friend to Paula, with subtle comic timing and commanding presence. Alison Chesley’s original musical composition is exquisite. Trap Door Theatre continues to exemplify extraordinary and curious lives with this compelling and unique production
-Venus Zarris, Gay Chicago Magazine

Music composed by Alison Chesley aka Helen Money
Lighting Design by Gina Patterson
Assistant Director: Emily Lotspeich
Productions Stage Manager: Andrew Luckenbill
Assistant Stage Manager: Amber Lageman
Lighting Designer: Gina Patterson
Scenic Designers: Kate Hendrickson & Emily Lotspeich
Scenic Design Mentor: Ewelina Dobiesz Costume Designers: Kate Hendrickson & Beata Pilch Master Seamstress: Sir Iris Bainum-Houle
Graphic Designer: Michal Janicki Paintings by: Connie Hinkle

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

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