BY: Jeffrey M. Jones
DIRECTED BY: Michael S. Pieper


Opened January 2001

“It’s a powerful reminder of what has made Trap Door the vital off-Loop fixture that it is.” -Nick Green, The Chicago Reader

CAST: Shannon O’ Neill, Troy Lindsey, Michael McEvoy, Naomi DeLucco, Tom Bateman, Lyle Aker, Devon Schumacher, Luke Hatton, and Stacy Stoltz
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch, Imma Curl
SET DESIGN: Michael S. Pieper
STAGE MANAGER: Dawn Swick, Jason DeLange

A nightmare where a man is immersed in Hamlet’s famous speech and struggles with a consummation devoutly to be wished–to die; to sleep; to sleep; perchance to dream….

Jeffrey M. Jones, author of the recent J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation, a site specific musical with a score by the late Jonathon Larson, for EnGarde Arts in New York, as well as the series of Crazy Plays. Other plays include Puss-in-Boots, a play for children (1966); the historical-quotation trilogy., A History of Western Philosophy by W. T. Jones, comprising Vol. I: Der Inka Von Peru (1984); Vol. II: Tomorrowland (1986); and Vol. III:Wipeout (1988); The Confessions of a Dopefiend (1982); 70 Scenes of Halloween (1980);Nightcoil (1978) and The Fortress of Solitude (1972). Mr. Jones is an instructor at The Yale Scool of Drama, and has received fellowships from the NEA and NYSCA Playwriting programs and support from the NEA Opera/ Music Theatre & Interarts Programs, The Rockefeller Foundation, ArtMatters and the Peg Sanlvoord Foundation. He was a member of New Dramatists from 1980 to 1987, and a MacDowell colonist in 1991. He is published by Sun & Moon Press and Broadway Play Publishing. He is also co-author of a book about corporate Intranets for Microsoft Press.

Michael S. Pieper
Michael is currently the Head of Acting at the Second city Training Center. He created this program almost nine years ago with the late Martin da Maat. He also was on the faculty of the United States International University of San Diego for 8 years and Artistic Director of the North Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory in San Diego for four years. In Chicago, Michael was Artistic Director at the Boxer Rebellion Theatre and Resident Director/Artistic Associate at the Trap Door Theatre. He has been a Guest Director and Instructor at Northern Illinois University over the past 7 years. He has directed over 80 productions in his career. His plays have received 9 Jeff recommendations, 7 Jeff nominations, 3 Jeff citations and 5 After Dark Awards.