The Swan

Written by: Elizabeth Egloff
Directed by: Jen Ellison and John Kahara

Cast: John Kahara, Kim McKean, Dana Wall

Opened March 2007

Jeff Nominated: Best Acting in a Supporting Role:
John Kahara

The Swan, a fairy tale for adult, is set in Nebraska and tells the story of thrice-married Dora Hand, who begins a tediously boring affair with the married milkman Kevin. Inexplicably, a swan crashes into their lives through her window. The passion Dora denies Kevin suddenly manifests itself in her efforts to nurse the swan, whom she names Bill, back to health. But Bill doesn’t merely recover. He transforms into a young handsome human man who knows nothing of human emotional fickleness.

Elizabeth Egloff (The Playwright): Elizabeth Egloff’s path to the theatre started when she took a playwrighting class at Brown University in the hopes that it would expand her poetry. Her fascination for playwrighting lead her to declare a double concentration in playwrighting and poetry. After receiving her graduate degree from Brown University Egloff started working for New Voices Theatre while also working as a teacher at Emerson college in Boston teaching screenwriting and adaptation. In the hopes of becoming a playwright Elizabeth Egloff successfully applied to the Yale School of Drama. Since graduating from Yale in 1989, Egloff has been able to support herself through playwriting. She has received several awards, including the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation Writer’s Award, the Oppenheimer Award, and the Kesselring Prize, as well as grants from the Fund for New American Plays, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, AT&T, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the McKnight Foundation.

Other plays by Egloff include The Devils, The LoverWolf-Man and Phaedra. The Devils, an adaptation of Dostyevsky’s political novel, recently premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and won the Weissberger Prize.

Designs: Joei KleinSet Designer
Richard Norwood
Lighting Designer
Beata PilchCostume Designer
Omar MashalSound Designer
Laura Madden
Slides Designer
Géraldine Dulex
Michal Janicki
Graphic Designer

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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