The Flies

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre

Translated by Stuart Gilbert

Directed by Michael Pieper

Opened October 2002 


This production was Jeff Recommended!


“Trap Door director Michael S. Pieper enlivens the long passages of prose with a variety of multi-sensory images.” 
-Mary Shen Barnidge, The Windy City Times

Opened October 2002

CAST: Tom Bateman, Shannon Farmer, Alison Connelly, Michale Bassett, Angela Bullard, Peter Esposito, Adair Cahoat, Judy Loyd, Dawn Swick, Mark Pracht, Andy Hagar, Garret Prejean
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Michael Pieper
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper

The Flies
a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story which calls for freedom from the hollow detachment that tempts the intellectual to live unto himself superiorly in a self created vacuum

Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris in 1905. After being graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure in 1929 with a doctorate in philosophy, he taught for a while at La Havre, Lyon and Paris. Taken Prisoner in 1940, he was released after nine months, and returned to Paris and teaching. His first play, The FLies, was produced in Paris during the German Occupation. His second play, No Exit, was the first to be performed in Paris after the liberation. In addition to plays, his works include important philisophical works and novels. In 1964 Sartre declined the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1980.

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.