The Architect and Emperor of Assyria

BY: Fernando Arrabal
DIRECTED BY : Beata Pilch

Opened May 2002

“Intoxicating, Bewildering, Revelatory….Extraordinary Madness….”
- Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

CAST: Tom Bateman, Wesley Walker
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SET DESIGN: David Moquay
STAGE MANAGER: Paul Lopez, Jay Jones

A schizophrenic journey to self-discovery, played out in childlike fashion by two men on a deserted island.


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 Europe’s 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. Although he is one of the most controversial writers of his time, he has received many international prizes and distinctions.

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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