The Shoemakers

BY: Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
DIRECTED BY: Beata Pilch and Sean Marlow

Opened October 2001

 

“Directors Beata Pilch and Sean Marlow have the style, as well as the viciously disturbing yet delicious imagery down. The cast brings Witkacy’s dead creatures to marvelous life.”
-Kate Zambreno, The New City Review 

“Trap Door’s staging is dense, surreal, slyly self-referentail, and gleefully bizarre.”
-Kelly Kleiman, The Chicago Reader

CAST: Beata Pilch, Sean Marlow, Nicole Wiesner, Wesley Walker, Michael McEvoy, Derek Brummet, Carl Wisniewski, Christina Elias and Garrett Prejean
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Bob Rokos
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch, Imma Curl
SET DESIGN: Sean Marlow

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz: One of the most brilliant figures of European avant-garde, poet, painter, playwright, and an expert on drugs, Witkiewicz was an original philosopher and social critic of mass culture, post industrial society, and the rise of totalitarianism, as well as an early spokesman for a radically non-realistic theatre. He was also a pioneer in serious experimentation with narcotics. Witkiewicz first used drugs in Russia immediately before the revolution and prophetically recognized the growing importance which they would have in Western civilization. He saw the cult of narcotics as part of a desperate attempt to find meaning in a world that has lost all its color and strangeness and was growing more and more mechanized and inhuman. Politics, revolution, and even art were for Witkacy similar “drugs” offering modern man only temporary escape from the horror of existence. He killed himself shortly after the outbreak of war in September, 1939. Witkiewicz is known for other works such as: The Mother, The Madman and the Nun, The Crazy Locomotive, The Metaphysics of a Two-Headed Calf, The Cuttlefish, The Water Hen, and The Anonymous Work.


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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