|Resident director Kate Hendrickson has been premiering radical American plays at Trap Door Theatre since 2005. Her past productions have won numerous awards including a Jeff Award for Best New Work (Ken Prestininzi’s Beholder). Hendrickson seeks out American playwrights who share a kinship with the works of the European avant-garde. It was in this capacity that she invited playwright Ruth Margraff to collaborate on adapting Ionesco’s scenario into a piece built specifically for the Trap Door ensemble.||Watch: Anger/Fly incidental music recording session|
Playwright Ruth Margraff has been called one of America’s most singular and “daring theater artists” (C. Svich, Divine Fire). She is known for an “audaciously original” (Moscow Times) use of poetic language that provides “layer after layer of richly textured emotion…and imminent danger” (Dallas Morning News). Margraff has toured extensively with her plays and her Café Antarsia Ensemble throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Sweden, Japan, Egypt, India, and Azerbaijan. She has been awarded four Rockefeller Foundation commissions, two McKnight awards, a Jerome Fellowship, an NEA/TCG national playwriting residency, two NYSCA awards, a Fulbright new opera award (to Greece). Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, American Theatre, Theater Forum, Performing Arts Journal, Playscripts, Inc., Kendall/Hunt, Backstage Books, The Drama Review, Conjunctions, Autonomedia, New Village Press, Innova Records and NoPassport Press. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, member of League of Professional Theater Women, Theatre Without Borders, a resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists and Associate Professor of Playwriting at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Set Designer Mike Mroch / Lighting Designer Richard Norwood / Costume Designer Tonette Navarro / Makeup Designer Zsofia Otvos / Video & Graphic Designer Michal Janicki / Sound Designer Mikey Moran / Choreographer Lyndsay Rose Kane / Fight Choreographer Mathias Maloff / Musical Director & Arranger Nicholas Tonozzi / Incidental Music Composer Nikos Brisco / Stage Manager Anna Badenoch Eisenbraun / Assistant Stage Manager Skye Fort / Production Manager Allison Raynes / Recording Engineer Robert Eisenbraun This program is partially supported by an Artist Project grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.