No Darkness Round My Stone

Written by Fabrice Melquiot

Translated by David Bradby

Directed by Max Truax

September 4 – October 11, 2008

Cast: Casey Chapman, Cassandra Kaluza, Kevin Lucero Less, Tiffany Joy Ross, David Steiger, Bob Wilson

Trap Door Theatre proudly presented the world premiere of the English translation of No Darkness Round My Stone by French playwright Fabrice Melquiot. A poet in spirit and practice, Melquiot’s work is marked by noted lyricism and unpretentious accessibility. In No Darkness Round My Stone, Melquiot gives us a comedic and empathetic look at the everyday life of grave robbers. Mixing hyper-realism with surrealism, and banality with complexity, No Darkness Round My Stone examines the human desire to be different from what we are and the remarkable buoyancy of hope.

“An impossibly entertaining production” – Monica Westin, New City Chicago

“No Darkness Around My Stone is a spellbinding, poignant, chilling and profound mix of existential destitution and sweet tenderness. Do not miss this unique opportunity to experience a challenging, chilling, peculiar and incomparably haunting production.” – Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

“No Darkness Round My Stone is a theatrical triumph of the first order.” – Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

Winner: New City Magazine “Top Five Shows of 2008”

Winner: Performink “Best Production of 2008”

Winner: Windy City Times “Best Scenic Design” for Ewelina Dobiesz

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Fabrice Melquiot is a French playwright, poet, actor, novelist and director. He began his career as an actor but began to write when he published two children’s texts, Les Petits Melancoliques and Les Jardins deBeaumon. He has written many plays aimed at young audiences. He has written such plays as The Devil on All Sides, Kids, and Bouli Miro.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Max Truax has been a Resident Director at Trap Door since 2008. For Trap Door, he has directed six critically acclaimed productions, including an operatic interpretation of Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine with original music by long-time collaborator Jonathan Guillen. Max also directed Trap Door’s production of A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians at the Fun Underground Festival in Arad, Romania and at the Bagatela Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Max served as the Artistic Director of Oracle Productions from 2011 to 2016, where he directed several shows, including No Beast So Fierce, The Mother, Woyzeck, The Ghost Sonata, and Termen Vox Machina. His production of The Mother received 7 Jeff Awards, including awards for Best Production, Best Adaptation, and Best Ensemble. In addition to Chicago, Max has directed for multiple stages in Los Angeles and at the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Max studied visual art, performance art, and choreography at Oberlin College, where he founded the site-specific performance company \twelv\ and devised the multi-venue opera BEING NOT NOTHING. Max received his MFA in theatre directing from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Travis Preston, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Kevin Kulke. Max currently serves as Artistic Director for Red Tape Theatre, where he has directed Round Heads and Pointed Heads, Yerma, and A Hedda Gabler.

CREW:

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Laura Smith
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGNER: Beata Pilch & Iris Bainum-Houle
SET DESIGNER: Ewelina Dobiesz
SOUND DESIGNERs: Sam Lewis & Jesse McCabe
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Michal Janicki