Cast: Kevin Cox, Gary Damico, Geraldine Dulex, John Gray, David A Holcombe, John Kahara, Amber Lageman, Pamela Maurer, Kinga Modjeska, Sadie Rogers, Derek Ryan, and Carl Wisniewski.


Howard Barker is a British playwright, screenwriter, poet, painter, and essayist. Barker’s plays led him to create the term “Theatre of Catastrophe”, which explores violence, sexuality, the desire for power, and human motivation. He has written such plays as Victory, Scenes from an Execution, and many more. He has authored plays for marionettes, three librettos for opera, five volumes of poetry, and two works of theory.

Assistant Director: Carolyn Hoerdemann / Stage Manager: Barry Branford / Choreographer: Lyndsay Kane / Makeup Designer: Zsófia Ötvös / Costume Designer: Beata Pilch and Nevena Todorovic / Sound Designer: Jonathan Guillen / Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood / Set Designer:  Ewelina Dobiesz / Graphic Design & Photos: Michal Janicki



Written by Howard Barker

Directed by Nicole Wiesner

January 2 – February 13, 2010


Set in a mythical world that swings between the 18th Century and the 1950’s, Minna is Howard Barker’s ferocious view of war and sexual politics. Minna Von Barnhelm is the light and airy heroine of Lessing’s Enlightenment-era comedy, but in Barker’s nightmarish world, her single minded pursuit of atrocity compels her to commit atrocity herself.


Nicole Wiesner (she/her) joined the Trap ensemble in 1999 and currently serves as the Managing Director. Her directing credits for the company include Minna,The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Phèdre, Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman, The Old Woman Broods, and The White Plague. Some of her favorite Trap acting credits include First Ladies (dir. Zeljko Djukic, Joseph Jefferson Citation: “Outstanding Actress”); OVERWEIGHT, unimportant: MISSHAPE (dir. Yasen Peyankov); and the title roles in The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant; Nana (dir. Beata Pilch) and Alice in Bed. (dir. Dado). Regionally, she has appeared at the Goodman Theatre in 2666, directed by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley; Shining City directed by Robert Falls; and Passion Play, directed by Mark Wing- Davy (After Dark Award, “Outstanding Performance”), at Steppenwolf Theatre in The Book Thief (dir. Hallie Gordon), South of Settling (dir. Adam Goldstein) and Dublin Carol (Dir. Amy Morton); as well as Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Next Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Epic Theatre.