Cast:  Dennis Bisto, Antonio Brunetti, Holly Cerney, John Kahara, Leslie Ruettiger, Ann Sonneville, Mike Steele, and Keith Surney.

Assistant Director and Musician Gary Damico / Set Design Stefan Roseen / Lighting Designer Richard Norwood / Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski / Sound Design Michael Mejia / Makeup Design Zsófia Ötvös / Graphic Design Michal Janicki / Dramaturg Milan Pribisic / Event Coordinator Anna Klos.

The Jeff Awards honored Trap Door Theatre with a “2019 Non-Equity Special Award” for 25 years of excellence.

The Jeff Awards has been honoring outstanding theatre artists annually since it was established in 1968. Trap Door Theatre was presented with the “2019 Non-Equity Special Award” to honor the company’s 25th birthday.

25/25 Festival

A celebration of 25 years of Trap Door Theatre

Featuring work from directors Kate Hendrickson, Kay Martinovich, Michael Pieper, Catherine Sullivan, Beata Pilch, Max Truax and Nicole Wiesner, and more…

This production made possible with support from the Chicago Saints.

Trap Door Theatre is proud to celebrate 25 years of excellence by offering a showcase of 25 of our favorite moments on our Bucktown stage. The event consisted of 25 selected scenes from Trap Door’s history, directed by our collaborating artists. Trap Door’s mission of seeking out challenging and obscure works has been a solid commitment from founder and artistic director Beata Pilch. She remains true to her vision by continuing to research contemporary playwrights and directors and giving them a voice on both sides of the ocean. Trap Door has been honored with invitations from many major international festivals throughout Europe. This performance is dedicated to all the artists who have passed through the door and have dedicated their time and talent. Thanks to our generous supporters, loyal patrons, and talented artists, Trap Door has managed to produce 115 shows in 25 years.

Director/ Artistic Director

Beata Pilch was born in the Polish district of Chicago, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Master’s Degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Pilch founded Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1990 and still presides as its Artistic Director. She cultivated her life-long fascination with the avant-garde and obscure as a graduate student at the California Institute of the Arts. A Chicago native and frequent European traveler, she felt that a company that combined bold and physical European acting technique with rich European theatrical literature would provide Chicago’s entertainment scene with a unique and vibrant voice. Beata remains true to her original mission and continues to travel abroad every year to research up-and-coming directors, playwrights and stage technique in Berlin, Budapest, Krakow, Zakopane, Paris and other continental cities. Past favorite directing credits include: Madman and the Nun, Nana, Quills, The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant, The Fourth Sister, The Unveiling, Vatzlav, The Shoemakers, The Crazy Locomotive. Most recently, Beata directed Blood on the Cat’s Neck in Barcelona, Spain. She is a featured performer in the work of international multi-media visual artist Catherine Sullivan. She has performed in over 60 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, and Poland.