The U.S. Premiere of…

A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians

Written by: Dorota Maslowska
Directed by: Max Truax

A Couple of Poor, Polish Speaking Romanians is a hilarious and scathing critique of the relationship between class stratification and national identity. High on drugs, two young Poles set off on a road trip, holding up passing motorists and pretending to be a couple of poor, Polish-speaking Romanians. Told in part from their perspective and that of their xenophobic victims, what exactly happened on their two-day journey is as uncertain as the duo’s true identities. Having assumed the guise of poverty-stricken aliens, the pair become the victims of their own fiction as they emerge from their drug high into a cold and uncooperative reality.


Christopher Piatt

“Gripping! Full-frontal Nihilism!”

Kerry Reid

“Challenging but breathtaking expressionist theater…a gorgeous and
off-balanced abstract piece about identity, class and xenophobia. Truly inspired performances from the entire cast.”

Monica Westin

“Well-done contemporary distillation of existential angst, spiritual malaise and vague threat”
Jonathan Abarbanel

“First-rate ensemble acting and striking minimalist, multimedia design. Highly recommended.”
Albert Williams

“The ensemble is amazing.”
Venus Zarris

Dorota Maslowska is a Polish writer and journalist. At 19, she wrote the internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel, Wojna polsko-ruska pod flaga bialo-czerwona (translated to English as either White and Red or Snow White and Russian Red) a depiction of unbalanced, sexually aggressive, amphetamine-scarred youth both feted for its originality and condemned for its brutal vulgarity. A notable example of post-modernist literature, her book became a best-seller in Poland and was almost immediately translated into several languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, English, Hungarian and Czech. Her second novel is Paw królowej (The Queen’s Peacock). Currently Dorota Mas?owska lives in Cracow, collaborating with a number of magazines, most notably the Przekrój and Wysokie Obcasy weeklies, as well as Lampa monthly and the quarterly BEAT magazine. At 24 she wrote her first play; A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians. The play ran for 2 years in Warsaw, before being produced by the Soho Theatre in London; this is its U.S. premiere.

Cast: Tiffany Bedwell, Marzena Bukowska, Kevin Cox, Marco Garcia, Kinga Modjeska, and David Steiger

Lighting Design: Richard Norwood
Costume Design: Beata Pilch
Set Design: Ewelina Dobiesz
Video Design: Aaron Covich
Sound Design: Aaron DeYoung
Hair and Makeup Design: Zsofi Otvos
Graphic Design/photos: Michal Janicki

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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