Monsieur D’eon is a Woman
Written by: Mark Brownell
Directed by: Nicole Wiesner
May 24 through July 7, 2018
Monsieur D’eon is a Woman is a madcap romp following the extraordinary life and adventures of the Chevailere D’eon, an eighteenth century French diplomat, soldier, spy and a celebrated figure for Transgender and Women’s rights.
Cast: Maryam Abdi, Dennis Bisto, Ty Easley, Bill Gordon, Miguel Long, Emily Lotspeich, Michael Mejia, Ann Sonneville, Keith Surney, Nora Lise Ulrey, and featuring David Lovejoy as D’eon
David Lovejoy’s scintillating and multi-faceted Chevalier, fittingly, seems both of the world of the court and apart from it. Lovejoy (who uses the pronouns “ze/hir/hirs”) brings an almost zen-like quality at times to the role, but also imbues the Chevalier with a rock-ribbed moral conscience. – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
It’s raucous fun, cheerfully sexed up in director Nicole Wiesner’s salacious production – Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader
To cram Chevalier d’Eon’s life into just ninety minutes requires a lot of inventive staging and an unflagging pace. Fortunately for Chicago audiences, Trap Door Theatre and ensemble director Nicole Wiesner are well-versed in just that sort of presentation, with hilarious and often fascinating results – Jacob Davis, Around the Town
Playwright: Mark Brownell (Playwright) Mark Brownell is a Toronto-based playwright and co-artistic director of the Pea Green Theatre Group with his wife and partner Sue Miner. Awards: Nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for his play, Monsieur d’Eon. He also received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for his libretto Iron Road and a Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Medici Slot Machine. In 2010 he was also the recipient of the infamous Harold Indie Theatre Award. Other award-winning work includes The Barbeque King, The Martha Stewart Projects, Playballs, High Sticking-Three Period Plays, The Chevalier St. George, The Storyteller’s Bag and The Weaving Maiden.
Director: Nicole Wiesner (Director) has been a member of the Trap Door Theatre since 1999. Directing credits include Jean Racine’s Phedre, Meg Miroshnik’s Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, and Howard Barker’s Minna. Favorite Trap Door 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 and Nana, (dir. Beata Pilch); and Alice in Bed. (Director Dado). Other credits include 2666 (dir. Seth Bockley and Robert Falls), Shining City, (dir. Robert Falls); Passion Play, (dir. Mark Wing-Davy, After Dark Award, Outstanding Performance) at The Goodman Theatre; The Book Thief (dir. Hallie Gordon), South of Settling (dir. Adam Goldstein) and Dublin Carol (Dir. Amy Morton) at Steppenwolf Theatre; Shining City, (dir. Robert Falls) at the Huntington Theatre in Boston; Passion Play (dir. Mark Wing-Davy) at Yale Repertory Theatre; Passion Play (dir. Mark Wing-Davy) at the Epic Theatre in NYC; Dying City (dir. Jason Loewith) at Next Theatre, Great Men of Science (dir. Tracy Letts) at Lookingglass Theatre.
Assistant Director Skye Fort / Set Designer J. Michael Griggs / Lighting Design Richard Norwood / Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski / Sound Design Danny Rockett / Fight Design Almanya Narula / Assistant Fight Design Bill Gordon / Make-Up Design Zsófia Ötvös / Graphic Design Michal Janicki / Dramaturg Milan Pribisic / Stage Manager Anna Klos / Renaissance Man Gary Damico