Cast: Casey Chapman, Géraldine Dulex, Noah Durham, Jen Ellison, Joslyn Jones, Nikki Klix, Mildred Marie Langford, Kevin Lucero Less, Emily Lotspiech, Judy Loyd, Alyson Lyon and Pamela Maurer.


Caridad Svich is an Latina-American playwright, translator, songwriter, and editor. As a playwright, songwriter, editor and translator living between many cultures, including inherited ones, the idea of departure has always been not only an actual or metaphorical basis for writing her work, but also an idea made manifest through the enactment of writing, its performance, and her living of it. Born in the US of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents, she have felt in a strange kind of exile even while growing up as an “American.” This sense of dislocation extends to the fact that as a child and adolescent, she lived in several states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Utah, New York, and California, not to mention many cross-country road trips in between. The nomadic strain was thus instilled in her and has become an inevitable part of her writing vision. Explorations of wanderlust, dispossession, biculturalism, bilingualism, construction of identity, and the many different emotional terrains that can be inhabited onstage form the basis of her plays and other writing projects. Visions of migration (both physical and spiritual) dominate the plays, which have become, in turn, documents of internal diasporas. She has translated contemporary works from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. Svich has written such plays as Fugitive Pieces, Any Place but Here, Alchemy of Desire, and Iphigenia… a rave.

12 Ophelias:

A Play With Broken Songs


Written by Caridad Svich

Directed by Kate Hendrickson

September 24 – October 31, 2009


Shakespeare’s Ophelia rises up out of the water dreaming of Pop Tarts and other sweet things. She finds herself in a half-remembered land where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet is called Rude Boy, and nothing is what it seems. In this mirrored world of word scraps and cold sex, Ophelia cuts a new path for herself.

Combining original music with poetic and colloquial language, 12 Ophelias is a theatre song-poem about being broken by society and love, being lost and finding yourself again.


Resident Director Kate Hendrikson specializes in premiering new plays by radical American playwrights, and has been a Trap Door company member since 2005. Kate is a Chicago native and a graduate of Bennington College. In addition to her work with Trap Door Kate has directed for Chicago Dramatists, Red Tape, Link’s Hall Physical Fest, Pivot Arts, and the International Voices Project. She is also a teaching artist with Urban Gateways.


Assistant Director: John Kahara / Choreographer: Camille Kuthrell / Composer & Arranger: Allison Chesley / Music Director & Composer: Nicholas Tonozzi / Makeup Designer: Zsófia Ötvös / Lighting Designer: Gina Patterson/ Set Designer: Joseph Riley / Stage Manager: Dianna Driscoll / Fight Choreographer: Mathias Moloff / Graphic Design & Photos: Michal Janicki