BY: Clive Barker
DIRECTED BY: Michael S.Pieper

Opened January 2001

“The result is a speculative epic peppered with postmodern wisecracks, which Trap Door presents with adroit romanticism.”
-Brian Nemtusak, The Chicago Reader

CAST: Anthony Casale, Judy lloyd, Allson Connelly, Tom Bateman, Shannon Farmer, Felicia Chen, Dawn Swick, Michael McEvoy, Peter Espisito, Robert Turner, Mark Singletary, Andy Schoen, and Jennifer Grace
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
COSTUME DESIGN: Michael Pieper
SET DESIGN: Michael Pieper

The History of the Devil
Experience the life of the Devil as he tries to win his way back into Heaven!

Best selling author Clive Barker began his literary career writing, directing and acting for the stage. His theatre group, “The Dog Company”, performed many of the plays be wrote, including Frankenstein in Love, The History of the Devil, Crazyface and Subtle Bodies, among others. Following the publication of his short stories the Books of Blood in 1984, Barker went on to write numerous best-selling novels, including The Great and Secret Show, Weaveworld, Imajica, The Thief of Always, Everville, Sacrament, Galilee, The Essential Clive Barker and most recently his Hollywood Ghost Story, Coldheart Canyon.. As a screenwriter, director and film producer he is credited with Hellraiser and Candymanpictures as well as Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions, and Gods and Monsters. An accomplished painter and visual artist, Barker has had exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, and his illustrations and paitnings have been published in two volumes entitledClive Barker: Illustrator. Six of Barker’s plays are published in collections entitled Incarnations and Forms of Heaven, by Harper Prism.

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.