Cast: Jason Huysman, John Kahara, Judy Loyd, Kristen Williams, and Betsy Zajko.


Ken Prestininzi is an American playwright, director, and dramaturg. He is Associate Artistic Director of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre. His existential extravaganza play, AmeriKafka, was produced by Trap Door Theatre. He is also the author of the musicals Favorite of the King, Pe’er Flynt, and Ariadne as well as the plays The Burger Girl Jingle, The Hole, and Kept.


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.




Written by Ken Prestininzi

Directed by Kate Hendrickson

May 15 – June 21, 2008


Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Work”
& Nomination forBest Actress in a Lead Role” – Betsy Zajko

Winner of Gay Chicago Magazine’s After Dark Award for “Incidental Music”

Beholder is drawn from the notebooks and letters of painter Paula Modersohn-Becker and her friend, poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The script also takes inspiration from Rilke’s poem about Paula, entitled “Requiem for a Friend”.

Assistant Director: Emily Lotspeich / Set Design: Kate Hendrickson, Emily Lotspeich & Ewelina Dobiesz / Original Music: Alison Chesley aka Helen Money /  Costume Design: Kate Hendrickson & Beata Pilch / Lighting Design: Gina Patterson / Graphic Design: Michal Janicki / Stage Manager: Andrew Luckenbill / Assistant Stage Manager: Amber Lageman