Cast: Dennis Bisto, Abby Blankenship, Marzena Bukowska, Holly Cerney, Sami Ismat, Emily Lotspeich, Joan Nahid, Zachary Nicol, Keith Surney and Bob Wilson.


Elias Canetti was a Bulgarian, German language author, psychologist, and playwright. He is known for his study on psychology, Crowds and Power and his novel, Auto-Da-Fe. He has written three plays: The Wedding, Comedy of Vanity, and Life Terms. They are satires developed around one central idea without plot or any conventional, linear development. Canetti won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.

Set Design: J. Michael Griggs / Lighting Design: Richard Norwood / Costume Design: Rachel Sypniewski / Sound Design: Mike Mazzocca / Make-Up Design: Zsófia Ötvös / Props Design: Ann Sonneville / Graphic Design: Michal Janicki / Dramaturge: Milan Pribisic / Stage Manager: Kristin Davis

The Locketeer


Written by Elias Canetti

Translated by Carol Stewart

Adapted and Directed by Catherine Sullivan

January 20 – March 03, 2018

Presented with support from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

The Locketeer is an adaptation of Elias Canetti’s play from 1956, The Numbered, wherein a nameless future state claims its power by imposing life spans on its citizens. This competition for status causes social paranoia and a tragicomic refusal of facts. The adaptation was devised with the ensemble.


Catherine Sullivan’s solo exhibitions, collaborations, performances, and films have been presented at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Secession, Vienna; Tate Modern, London; Opéra de Lyon; Trap Door Theatre, Chicago; Metro Pictures, New York and Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels among others. She has participated in the Whitney, Moscow, and Gwangju biennials; Berlin International Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; and BFI London International Film Festival. Awards include the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the United States Artists Walker Fellowship, Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, and most recently, a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.