BY: Jean Genet
DIRECTED BY: Andrew Cooper Wasser


CAST: Michael C. Estanich, Mark Makers, Steve Meyer, Chris Popio, Bob Rusch
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Andrew Cooper Wasser
SET DESIGN: Andrew Cooper Wasser
STAGE MANAGER: David Nicksic

“Trap Door director-visual designer Andrew Cooper Wasser and his young cast find an intriguing and effective balance, turning realistic mannerisms of movement and speech into stylized gestural rituals.”
-Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader

Three young criminals share a cell in maximum securtiy prison, each struggling for mastery, each playing deadly games of deception and control, locked in a vicious surreal dance of execution and death.

In his theatre, Genet’s characters play being themselves, struggling to be themselves, trapped in a dream they rebel at, but cannot end.


 is one of Jean Genet’s first plays ever written. It was scribbled on the back of paper bags while doing life in prison.ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Andrew Cooper Wasser resides in LA where he has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. He has a BFA in Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts and previously directed Blood on a Cat’s Neck at the Trap.

Opened: January 1997

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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