Written by Jean Genet

Translated by Bernard Frechtman
Directed by Andrew Cooper Wasser

CAST: Michael C. Estanich, Mark Makers, Steve Meyer, Chris Popio, Bob Rusch

LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Andrew Cooper Wasser
SET DESIGN: Andrew Cooper Wasser
STAGE MANAGER: David Nicksic

“Trap Door director-visual designer Andrew Cooper Wasser and his young cast find an intriguing and effective balance, turning realistic mannerisms of movement and speech into stylized gestural rituals.”
– Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader

Three young criminals share a cell in maximum security prison, each struggling for mastery, each playing deadly games of deception and control, locked in a vicious surreal dance of execution and death. In his theatre, Genet’s characters play being themselves, struggling to be themselves, trapped in a dream they rebel at, but cannot end.


Jean Genet – Deathwatch is one of Jean Genet’s first plays ever written. It was scribbled on the back of paper bags while doing life in prison. French criminal and social outcast turned writer who, as a novelist, transformed erotic and often obscene subject matter into a poetic vision of the universe and, as a dramatist, became a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, especially the Theatre of the Absurd. He was also a playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but he later took to writing.


Andrew Cooper Wasser was an American actor who worked in television for most of his Hollywood career. Wasser marked his early career with roles in the comedy Cold Dog Soup (1989) with Frank Whaley, Beverly Hills 90210 (Fox, 1990-2000) and ER (NBC, 1994-2009). Then he acted on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003), Charmed (Warner Bros. Television Network, 1998-2006) and Grounded For Life (2000-05). He also appeared in L.A. Dragnet (2002-04) and Huff (2004-06). More recently, Wasser acted on My Name is Earl (NBC, 2005-09). Currently he is a Marriage and Family Therapist based out of Santa Monica, California.

Opened: January 1997