Trap Door Theatre Presents….
The Word Progress On My Mother’s Lips Doesn’t Ring True
Written by: Matei Visniec
Translated by: Joyce Nettles
Directed by: István Szabó K.
We are pleased to announce that this production has received a Joseph Jefferson Award for
Best Original Incidental Music, by Ovidiu Iloc!
Trust for Mutual Understanding
December 1, 2011 – January 28, 2012
Guest Hungarian/Romanian director Istvan K. Szabo captures the signature comic/tragic surrealism of Matei Visniec’s The Word Progress On My Mother’s Lips Doesn’t Ring True. Winner of the “Best Play in the Off-section” at the Avignon Festival in 2009 this American Premiere delves into the pits of refugee psyche, a metaphysical space where one continuously runs from a place with nothing left, to a place with nothing to offer
- Hedy Weiss, The Chicago Sun-Times.
“This Trap Door Theatre production is relentlessly provocative, impossibly beautiful, and apt to haunt you long after it ends. Recommended!”
- Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader
“Trap Door has long been the go-to venue in town for European avant-garde drama, but this production is the finest I’ve yet seen from these indispensable stalwarts of the storefront. It isn’t afraid to be emotionally accessible — if you’ve been tempted to try one of their shows, make it this one. **** (4) stars!”
- Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune
István Szabó K. Born in Romania, István Szabó K. has worked throughout Romania, Hungary and Germany. He graduated from the University of Targu Mures, Romania in 2000. He has served as the Theatre Director of the Hungarian State Theatre in Timisoara, and the Young Theatre in Piatra Neamt. At the Tomcsa Sandor Theatre in Odorheiu Secuiesc he held several positions, including Artistic Director, General Manager and the Theatre Director. Mr. Szabó has also worked as the resident director at the Arca Independent Theatre in Bucharest, and currently, is the Artistic Director of Szigligeti Hungarian State Theatre in Oradea. Most notable productions include The Could Child at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Edward at the Romanian National Theatre in Timisoara, The Temptation at Euro Theater Central in Bonn and most recently Mausoleum at the Hungarian State Theatre in Oradea. Awards for his directorial work include: The Imagine International Festival for The Wedding, TopFest National Festival for Le Enfant Terribles and the Interethnic Theatre Festival “Press Prize” for Teibale and her Demon.