by Howard Barker
Directed by Nicole Wiesner

January 2, 2010 – February 13, 2010

Set in a mythical world that swings between the 18th Century and the 1950′s, Minna is Howard Barker’s ferocious view of war and sexual politics. Minna Von Barnhelm is the light and airy heroine of Lessing’s Enlightenment-era comedy, but in Barker’s nightmarish world, her single minded pursuit of atrocity compels her to commit atrocity herself.

Cast: Kevin Cox, Gary Damico, Geraldine Dulex, John Gray, David A Holcombe, John Kahara, Amber Lageman, Pamela Maurer, Kinga Modjeska, Sadie Rogers, Derek Ryan, and Carl Wisniewski


“A hallucinatory parade of images on the theme that human beings are rational, intelligent creatures prone to irrational, brutish behavior. Barker’s MINNA is violent, grotesque, wantonly sexual, and absurd… and in the hands of first-time director Nicole Wiesner, it’s also thought-provoking, visceral, and darkly funny. The ensemble’s passionate but precise performances are supported by imaginative set, costume, and sound design that immerse actors and audience alike in a vivid dream world.”
-Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“Nicole Wiesner’s laudably intense and physically thorough rendition… is staged with a great deal of imagination”
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Dark…kinky…a richly evocative landscape of fear.” -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Wiesner creates bracing stage pictures in this stylish production,”
-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“Never at a loss for parameter stretching and boundary challenging material, Trap Door Theatre presents a captivating production of Minna. It’d is just the kind of pot that Trap Door stirs with beguiling results and director Nicole Wiesner brilliantly creates this nightmarish reality with both visual lyricism and explosive whimsy in this haunted house of catastrophic madness. A compelling spectacle of dramatic lunacy.”
- Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

“a jaw-droppingly complex piece of theater…bewilders and amazes on so many levels… a bucking bronco of a play that tries hard to shake the audience. Come prepared for the absurd, and hold on tight. It’s well worth it.”
- Keith Ecker, Chicago Theater Blog

“If the actors in this Trap Door production dared to let us in on the joke for an instant, Barker’s tantrum would collapse like a circus tent in wet snow. Fortunately, director Nicole Wiesner and her athletic cast have had years of expertise at this brand of roll-on-the-floor-and-stick-out-your-tongue social analysis, diving feet-first into each isolated moment…a prodigious spectacle supplied by the ensemble of physical and verbally agile players.”
- Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

“Under the innovative direction by Nicole Wiesner, Minna evolves as a weirdly enticing theatrical experience. The cast, especially Geraldine Dulex (Minna) and Kevin Cox (Tellheim) throw themselves into the weird world of estranged lovers, violence and sexual adventure. But the bravery, intensity and sheer energy carried the day. The staging and powerful performances will impress.. Take a chance on this Theatre of Catastrophe production–it’ll stir you up.”
-Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

Assistant Director: Carolyn Hoerdemann
Stage Manager: Barry Branford
Choreographer: Lyndsay Kane
Makeup Designer: Zsófia Ötvös Costume Designer: Beata Pilch and Nevena Todorovic
Sound Designer: Jonathan Guillen
Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood Set Designer: Ewelina Dobiesz Graphic Design/photos: Michal Janicki Trap Door Artistic Director: Beata Pilch


Chicago Reader names Trap Door Theatre as runner up for Best Off Loop Theatre Company! Best of Chicago 2018

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

Trap Door welcomes
New Resident Director: Monica Payne
and New Resident Sound Designer: Danny Rockett

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