The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

WRITTEN BY: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

TRANSLATED BY: Denis Calandra

DIRECTED BY: Beata Pilch and Krishna LeFan

Thursday, September 21, 2006Saturday, November 4, 2006


Winner of Three Gay Chicago After Dark Awards:
Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Costumes

“It’s the sort of nihilistically humorous and outrageously stylized production that is the Trap Door Theatre signature”
- Windy City Times

“Highly Recommended! Critic’s Choice!”
- The Chicago Reader

“Nicole Wiesner is mesmerizing as Petra”
-The Chicago Tribune

CAST: Marzena Bukowska, Geraldine Dulex, Kim McKean, Beata Pilch, Carolyn Shoemaker and Nicole Wiesner
SET DESIGN: Ewelina Dobiesz
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Sam Lewis
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant…

An obsessive and highly stylized look at the shifting power plays in female relationships and one woman’s downward spiral of irrational jealousy and hysteria.

About the Playwright:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder was born on May 31, 1946 in the Bavarian town of Bad Worishofen. His father was a doctor and his mother, Liselotte, a translator. Fassbinder attended the Rudolf Steiner Schools in Augsburg and Munich. He didn’t finish school, but worked in various jobs. After studying drama at the Fridl-Leonhard Studio in Munich, he joined the “Action Theater” in 1967. His first play, Katzelmacher, premiered in April 1968. In 1969, Fassbinder made his first feature-length film, Love is Colder than Death. It was booed at the Berlin Film Festival. Fassbinder’s breakthrough came with his next film, Katzemacher (1969). It played at the Mannheim Film Festival, where it won the Film Critics’ Prize, the Prize of the German Academy for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, among others. His commercial breakthrough was The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), and his international breakthrough Ali-Fear Eats the Soul (1974). (International Critics Prize at Cannes). In 1971, he was a founding member of the “Filmverlag der Autoren.” His biggest success, which brought him the popular acceptance he sought, cam with The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), part 1 of his FRG-trilogy. The TV-series Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) and Effie Briest (1974) are two of his best-known adaptations. His last film, Querelle, was shot in 1982. Fassbinder made 41 movies in 14 years, and also worked as an actor, producer, theatre manager, composer, designer, editor, and cameraman. He died in 1982 of an overdose. His death is often considered the end of New German Cinema.


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

Email Mailing List