THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS

BY: Fernando Arrabal
TRANSLATED BY:Tom and Helen Gary Bisop
DIRECTED BYBeata Pilch

“Director Beata Pilch and her Trap Door collaborators give themselves over to the task with a sense of no-holds-barred exorcism.”
-Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun Times

Garden of Delights

CAST: Carissa Diest, Cheryl Golemo, John KaharaKim McKean, Sarah McMaster, Bethany Perkins, Beata Pilch, Carolyn Shoemaker, Holly Thomas, Wesley Walker, Carl Wisniewski and featuring Virginia Worley as Lais.

ASSISTANT DIRECTORNicole Wiesner
SET DESIGNEwelina Dobiesz
MUSIC COMPOSITION: Sean Griffin
LIGHTING DESIGNRichard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
VIDEO DESIGN: Carrie Holt de Lama

The Garden of Delights…

The Garden of Delights depicts the fascinating story of a famous actress and her schizophrenic journey to self discovery. Through fantastical interactions with animals she keeps locked in cages and memories of people from her childhood, The Garden of Delights explores the lesbian tendencies of strong adolescent attachments and the sadomasochistic experience of adult love.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Fernando Arrabal (The Playwright) Fernando Arrabal was born in Melilla (Spanish Morocco) on August 11, 1932, shortly before War was to tear his country apart. His father, an officer of the Spanish army, was sentenced to death at the beginning of the War for being opposed to the military coup. He was imprisoned by Franco, and escaped on November 4, 1941 and disappeared forever. Fernando Arrabal was brought up by his mother in a rigidly Catholic atmosphere. Now a voluntary exile from Spain, he has lived in Paris since 1955 and, writing in French, he has emerged as one of Europes front-rank dramatists. He has published 12 novels, nearly 70 plays, and epistles. He has directed 7 full-length films and founded the Panic Movement in 1962. His work reflects his abhorrence of political repression, bourgeois complacency and war. His plays are often abstract and savagely ironic, employing sadism or blasphemy to shock the senses. Although he is one of the most controversial writers of his time, he has received many international prizes and distinctions. .


This production is partially sponsored by Etant Donnes: The French American Fund for the Performing Arts and The Association Beaumarchais.


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"
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