Written by Copi
Translated by Anni Lee Taylor
Directed by Beata Pilch
Opened December 2007
Extended run until February 2008
This wild comedy about love, submission, greed, and conspiracy revolves around Evita’s hysteria and anxiety during the final hours of her life. Copi, a potent influence in France’s Theatre of the Absurd movement, presents the revered icon as a spoiled and neurotic woman who cannot be satisfied by the people around her in this mad piece about love, submission, greed and trickery.
Highly Recommended by Chicago Reader, Time Out and New City
Winner of Newcity Chicago’s Award for “Top Five Guilty Pleasures of 2007″
“A gutter-regal central performance by Holly Thomas (Cerney) as Eva” -Time Out
“The sharp, mercurial cast maneuver through Copi’s demanding script with mischievous grace” – Chicago Reader
“The punk-rock stuff of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s nightmares” -Time Out Chicago
“Nobody this side of Lake Michigan, does nihilistic debauchery with the howling, hyper sexualized panache of the Trap.” – UR Chicago Magazine
Cast: Tiffany Bedwell, Kevin Cox, Noah Durham, Carolyn Hoerdemann, and Holly Thomas as Eva Peron
SOUND DESIGNER: Sam Lewis
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGNER: Angela Ogle
DRAMATURGY: Milan Pribisic
SET DESIGNER: Merje Veski
FILM DIRECTOR: Carrie Holt de Lama
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Copi is an Argentinean playwright, designer, cartoonist, and writer. Writing in French, his plays are set on the borderline of reality and delirium, historical fact and imaginative interpretation of events. Copi’s plays have minimal stage direction, so they can be produced according to the styles of different theatres. He has written such plays as Eva Peron, La Pyramide, La Coupe du Monde, and Le Frigo.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Beata Pilch founded Trap Door Theatre in 1994. Originally from Chicago, she holds a BFA in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego and a MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She had the honor to graduate as a magna cum laude from both universities and was later awarded the Prestigious Alumni award from CalArts. Pilch found Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1994 and still presides as its Artistic Director. She has directed and performed in over 80 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, Poland and was the first US theatre company ever to perform in the Republic of Moldova. In 2015, Beata created a sister company, Trap Door International, which produces out of Barcelona, Spain.