WRITTEN BY: Janusz Glowacki

TRANSLATED BY: Eva Nagorski & Janusz Glowacki

DIRECTED BY: Beata Pilch

March 9, 2006 -  April 22, 2006

This production skillfully switches from moments of hilarity to
instances of existential dread in a manner that is almost, well, Chekhovian.

-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune


Glowacki’s frenetic script never cuts its pitch-black wit with sentimentality, and Trap Door Theatre’s ferocious production attacks the tangled plot with brio. Recommended! -John Beer, New City Stage

CAST: John Kahara, Kim McKean, Alzan Pelesic, Chris Popio, Beata Pilch, Carolyn Shoemaker, Holly Thomas, Wesley Walker, Nicole Wiesner, Bob Wilson, Carl Wisniewski

SET DESIGN: Ewelina Dobiesz
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
VIDEO DESIGN: Carrie Holt de Lama

The Fourth Sister…

Three sisters in modern day Moscow hunger for love and happiness amidst the uncertainty of a new world order.

When an American filmmaker comes to town, they see a chance to change their fates, and someday, just maybe get to Hollywood – or is it Brighton Beach?

An unflinchingly funny and daring epic, with a sly wink towards Chekhov.

About the Playwright:
Janusz Glowacki is the author of 8 plays, 10 books, 6 screenplays and 10 radio plays. Four of his movie scripts were produced in Poland, one directed by Oscar winning Andrzej Wajda. In 1999 his screenplay, Hairdo, won the Tony Cox Screenwriting Award in the Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Glowacki’s most recent play, The Fourth Sister, had its world premiere in January of 2000, in Warsaw, Poland. It was produced in several theatres in Poland, Germany, and Slovenia and it won the grand prize in the 2001 International Theatre Festival in Dubrovnik. Glowacki was awarded the Jurzykowski Foundation Award (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship for 1988 and Drama League of New York Playwrighting Award (1987). In 1985 he received a New York State Council on Arts grant to write the play Hunting Cockroaches. In 1991 he was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for Arts. In 1989 he was playwright in residence at the Mark Taper Forum, and in 1984 in the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 1983 he held the Ida Beam visiting chair at the University of Iowa; in 1982 he was awarded the International Writing Program Fellowship at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American PEN, the Writers Guild of America East. A number of his essays have appeared in the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and on the NYT OP-ED page. Other plays include Cinders, Fortinbras Gets Drunk, Hunting Cockroaches, and Antigone in New York.

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

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