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.

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 resides in LA where he has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. He has a BFA in Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts and previously directed Blood on a Cat’s Neck at the Trap.

Opened: January 1997