BY: Werner Schwab
TRANSLATED BY:Michael Roloff
DIRECTED BY: Tracy Letts

OPENED: Thursday, January 20, 2005
CLOSED: March 19, 2005

People Annihilation cuts like a hacksaw straight into the id, unleashing furious but effective images. Like many of Trap Door’s best shows, this one is a bracing, aggravating, potentially thrilling experience.”

“fiercely mad, no-holds-barred production…Tracy Letts has staged the production with the kind of raw and rowdy nihilism and hallucinatory lyricism that are right up his alley. 
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times


CAST: Marzena Bukowska, Marika Mashburn, Kim McKeanBeata Pilch, Doug Vickers, Wesley Walker and Nicole Wiesner.

SET DESIGN: Merje Veski
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood

…The residents of an apartment building fight a deadly battle for status in this blistering satire of class distinction and upward mobility.

…Will Mrs. Wurm thwart her son’s dreams of becoming an artist…before he bores a hole in her head with a corkscrew?

…Will Mr. Kovacic finally attain the coveted position of “interior management” …or is he too depressed by the murder of his golden hamster?

…And what is the secret ingredient in Mrs. Growlfire’s birthday dinner?


Werner Schwab (The Playwright) Werner Schwab was born in Graz, Austria on February 4, 1958. He grew up in a basement apartment with his father after Schwab’s father abandoned them. Schwab graduated from the School of Artistic Craft of Graz and in 1978 he began studying to be a sculptor at the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts. Schwab began writing while in Vienna, but a couple of years later moved with his wife to a remote farm in the southwest of Syria where he worked as a building worker and woodcutter. It was at this farm that he wrote his first four plays that were published in 1991 in a collection called “Fakialiendramen” (The Feces Dramas). He eventually left his family to move back to Vienna where he devoted all of his time to frantic writing. His work burst out onto the stage in 1990, almost immediately making his the most widely played young dramatist in the German language theatre. In the four years until his death on the morning of New Year’s Day in 1994 he had some eight plays premiered, was awarded numerous prizes, and was chosen as playwright of the year in 1992. He died at the age of 35 leaving 15 dramas, including 7 in a form of manuscripts.


Tracy Letts (The Director) was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County. In 2003, Tracy was named one of Time Out Chicago’s “Best of 2003.” Tracy is also the author of Man from Nebraska which was produced at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2003 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been translated and prduced at theatres around the world; and Bug, which played in New York, Chicago, and London.

As an actor, Tracy last appeared in The Dresser at Steppenwolf, where he is an ensemble member. Previous Chicago stage appearances include Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (Also Dublin and Toronto), and Three Days of Rain at Steppenwolf;The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial at A Red Orchid Theatre, Conquest of the South Pole at Famous Door and Bouncers at Next Lab. Film and television appearances include The District, Profiler, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Guinevere, U.S.