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 Design: Richard Norwood/ Costume Design: Rachel Sypniewski/ Sound Design: Michael Mejia/ Makeup Design: Zsófia Ötvös/ Graphic Design: Michal Janicki/ Dramaturge: 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…

April 11 – 14, 2019

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.

This production made possible with support from the Chicago Saints.

Director/ Artistic Director

Beata Pilch founded Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1994 and still presides as its Artistic Director. Originally from Chicago, she holds a BFA in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego and a MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She had the honor to graduate as a magna cum laude from both universities and was later awarded the Prestigious Alumni award from CalArts. She has directed and performed in over 80 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, Poland and was the first US theatre company ever to perform in the Republic of Moldova. In 2015, Beata created a sister company, Trap Door International, which produces out of Barcelona, Spain.