THE TRAP DOOR THEATRE PRESENTS:

Into the Empty Sky

Written by: 
Wislawa Szymborska
(Based on the poetry collection, MAP)
Translated by:
Clare Cavanagh & Stanislaw Baranczak
Directed by:
Monica Payne
(directed and devised)

Empty Sky Halie & Marz_SM

Into the Empty Sky” offers an oddly reassuring road map for negotiating that terrain in uncertain and perhaps-terrifying times.
Recommended. Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune
 Everything about the show’s design…puts the viewer in a contemplative mood.
Highly Recommended. Jacob Davis, Around the Town

Empty Sky Halie

Nevertheless, even a novice poet like myself could recognize and appreciate the beauty of Into the Empty Sky.
Recommended. August Lysy, Chicago Critic
(…) this show casts a spell which lingers long after one leaves that bare, woebegone room.
Recommended. Dmitry Samarov, The Chicago Reader
 
But the most successful moments of the show are those of aggressive, spectacular hope that Symborska’s poetry suggests(…)
Recommended. Jan Van Ort, New City

Cast: Maryam Abdi, Tiffany Addison, Marzena Bukowska, Rashida Curtis, Halie Ecker, Mike Mazzocca, Kelsey Shipley

INTO THE EMPTY SKY VERTICAL

Into the Empty Sky, devised and directed by Monica Payne, draws from a selection of Wislawa Szymborska’s poems as the catalyst for this new work. Szymborska, a beloved Polish poet and Nobel laureate, tended to view her subjects, both large and small, from an unusual, pragmatic, and wry perspective. Into the Empty Sky features six women trapped in a purgatorial landscape; unsure of their surroundings, haunted by the past, and trying desperately to escape.

 Wis?awa Szymborska (Playwright) was born July 2nd, 1923 in Ko?rnik, Poznan? province.Between 1945 and 1948 she studied Polish, Literature, and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krako?w. She made her debut in March 1945 with the poem Looking for Words published in a supplement to the daily newspaper “Dziennik Polski”. From 1953 to 1981 she worked on the Krakow-based weekly magazine “Z?ycie Literackie”, where she ran the poetry column and the book review column “Lektury nadobowia?zkowe” (later resumed as “Gazeta o Ksia?z?kach” in the supplement to Gazeta Wyborcza). Szymborska published 13 collections of poetry that has been translated into over forty languages. She also translated poetry herself, mainly from French and German. In 1991 she received the Goethe Prize. In 1995 she won the Herder Prize, and in May of that same year, she was awarded the honorary degree honoris causa by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan?. In 1996, Wis?awa Szymborska received the Polish PEN Club award and the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2001 she became an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2011 she was awarded the highest Polishnationaldecoration, the Order of theWhite Eagle. Wis?awa Szymborska died on February 1st, 2012 in Krako?w.

Monica Payne (Director) is a freelance director who last worked with Trap Door in the spring of 2016, staging a reading of the award-winning Polish play Trash Story by Magda Fertacz, for the International Voices Project. She directed full productions of the same play in New York (Kulture+ Productions) and Los Angeles (UCLA TFT) and has travelled to Krakow twice through the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to study Polish theatre. Payne has also directed at UCLA, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Theatre Lumina (LA), Point Park University, and The Artistic Home. As an assistant director, she has worked at Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Theatre Y, The Latino Theatre Company, and La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts. As a former actress, Payne has worked with Steppenwolf, The Artistic Home, The Hypocrites, The Journeymen, and Famous Door, among others. Payne has taught for several universities, including UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, and Point Park University. She has been a Meisner teacher for 16 years and has taught for The School at Steppenwolf, The Artistic Home, The Audition Studio, Steppenwolf Classes West, and independently. She earned her M.F.A. in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and is a member of both the NY and LA Directors’ Labs. www.monicapaynedirector. com.

Crew: Set Designer: Eleanor Kahn/ Lighting Design: Richard Norwood/ Costume Design: Rachel Sypniewski/ Sound Design/Composer: Mike Mazzocca /Make-Up Design: Zsofia Otvos/Graphic Design: Michal Janicki/Dramaturg: Milan Pribisic/Stage Manager: Kristin Davis

When: Opens: Thursday May 11, 2017 at 8PM

Closes: Saturday June 17, 2017 at 8PM

Runs:  Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8PM

Admission: $20 on Thursdays, Fridays, $25 on Saturdays, 2 for 1 Admission on Fridays

Where: TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

For Information/Reservations: 773-384-0494 To purchase online www.trapdoortheatre.com

What:

Wislawa Szymborska (Playwright) was born July 2nd, 1923 in Ko?rnik, Poznan? province. Between 1945 and 1948 she studied Polish, Literature, and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krako?w. She made her debut in March 1945 with the poem Looking for Words published in a supplement to the daily newspaper “Dziennik Polski”. From 1953 to 1981 she worked on the Krakow-based weekly magazine “Z?ycie Literackie”, where she ran the poetry column and the book review column “Lektury nadobowia?zkowe” (later resumed as “Gazeta o Ksia?z?kach” in the supplement to Gazeta Wyborcza). Szymborska published 13 collections of poetrythat has been translated into over forty languages. She also translated poetry herself, mainly from French and German. In 1991 she received the Goethe Prize. In 1995 she won the Herder Prize, and in May of that same year, she was awarded the honorary degree honoris causa by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan?. In 1996, Wis?awa Szymborska received the Polish PEN Club award and the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2001 she became an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2011 she was awarded the highest Polishnationaldecoration, the Order of theWhite Eagle. Wis?awa Szymborska died on February 1st, 2012 in Krako?w.

Monica Payne (Director) is a freelance director who last worked with Trap Door in the spring of 2016, staging a reading of the award-winning Polish play Trash Story by Magda Fertacz, for the International Voices Project. She directed full productions of the same play in New York (Kulture+ Productions) and Los Angeles (UCLA TFT) and has traveled to Krakow twice through the Adam Mickiewicz Institute to study Polish theatre. Payne has also directed at UCLA, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Theatre Lumina (LA), Point Park University, and The Artistic Home. As an assistant director, she has worked at Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Theatre Y, The Latino Theatre Company, and La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts. As a former actress, Payne has worked with Steppenwolf, The Artistic Home, The Hypocrites, The Journeymen, and Famous Door, among others. Payne has taught for several universities, including UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, and Point Park University. She has been a Meisner teacher for 16 years and has taught for The School at Steppenwolf, The Artistic Home, The Audition Studio, Steppenwolf Classes West, and independently. She earned her M.F.A. in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and is a member of both the NY and LA Directors’ Labs. www.monicapaynedirector. com.

Set Designer Eleanor Kahn/ Lighting Design Richard Norwood/ Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski/ Sound Design/Composer Mike Mazzocca / Make-Up Design Zso?fia O?tvo?s / Graphic Design Michal Janicki/ Dramaturg Milan Pribisic / Stage Manager Kristin Davis

When: Opens: Thursday May 11, 2017 at 8PM

Closes: Saturday June 17, 2017 at 8PM

Runs:  Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8PM

Admission: $20 on Thursdays, Fridays, $25 on Saturdays, 2 for 1 Admission on Fridays

Where: TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
For Information/Reservations: 773-384-0494 To purchase online www.trapdoortheatre.com

What: Into the Empty Sky, devised and directed by Monica Payne, draws from a selection of Wislawa Szymborska’s poems as the catalyst for this new work. Szymborska, a beloved Polish poet and Nobel laureate, tended to view her subjects, both large and small, from an unusual, pragmatic, and wry perspective. Into the Empty Sky features six women trapped in a purgatorial landscape; unsure of their surroundings, haunted by the past, and trying desperately to escape.


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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