Written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Translated by Denis Calandra

Directed by Michael S. Pieper

Opened October 1999 

“The result is an intellectually rich, stylistically daring work.” 
-Jack Helbig, The Chicago Reader

CAST: Beata Pilch, Alex Present, Myles Leevy, Kristie Hassinger, Aaron Boucher, Sondra Walters, Arch Harmon, Shannon O’ Neill, Anne Gregory, John Gray, Troy Lindsey and Steve Walker
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch, Megan Wall
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper
STAGE MANAGER: Matthew Lundquist/ Peter Esposito

Pre-Paradise, Sorry Now
Hookers, Con Artists, and Serial Killers… all on the road to Paradise

Witness the account of the Moorland Murders. Ian Brady teaches Myra Hindley that submission is joy. Together they start to create their own paradise by teaching inferior creatures that happiness is death.

Inspired by booze, the Marquis de Sade and Nazi ideology, fun-loving couple Ian Brady and Myra Hindley liked to put their sadistic philosophy into action. They murdered four adolescents and one adult during the early sixties in Britain.

The “Moors Murders” carried out by Hindley and Brady horrified Britain. They tortured children and documented their agonies on tape.

Rainer-Werner Fassbinder was best known for his powerful, offbeat, messy films. He made forty films by the time he died of a drug overdose at thirty six. He began his work in the theatre in the late sixties, as a twenty-two year old. He acted, directed, (loosely) adapted classics by Buchner, Goethe, Sophocles, Goldoni and others, wrote several of his own plays, and in a few years emerged as the leader of a group of performers who worked with him until his death in 1982. Fassbinder’s plays, like the films, are about varieties of alienation. The images Fassbinder created for the stage, and in films, linger as grotesque and brutal, possesing a strange, imporobable truth…In a way, Fassbinder made a career out of despair-selling his own and others’ misery in endless variations, operating according to a system he did not create. Other works included in his controversialantitheater plays are: Bremen Freedom, Blood on the Cat’s Neck, Katzelmacher, and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

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.