Written by: Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz

Translated by: Daniel Gerould and C.S. Durer

Adapted and Directed by: Beata Pilch

December 07, 2017 through January 13th, 2018

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Pilch’s pared-down adaption is highly energetic and amusing… -Jacob Davis, Around the Town


Trap Door, now in its 24th season, always creates startling theater, which is exciting, sometimes bizarre, but never boring. -Nancy Bishop, Third Coast Review

Cast: Mary-Kate Arnold, Daniel Chenard, Halie Ecker, Adam Huizenga, and Carl Wisniewski

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Curated by Zsofia Otvos

Exhibiting artists: Kevin Moeller, Brian Morgan, Marzena Bukowska, Robin Rios, CJ Hungerman, Lovietta Simpkins, George Bowles, Poppy G, Bernadette Zawiesjska, Michael Garvey, Mark Zender, Zak Wirsum, ter Arts Zawitkowska, Zsofia Otvos, Alex XII- Paintings/artwork.

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Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz (1885-1939) is one the most brilliant figures of the European avant-garde, Witkiewicz was a poet, painter, playwright, an expert on drugs, an early spokesman for a radically non-realistic theatre and an original philosopher and social critic of mass culture, post-industrial society, and the rise of totalitarianism. He was also a pioneer in serious experimentation with narcotics and prophetically recognized the growing importance that they would have on Western civilization. Politics, revolution, and even art were similar “drugs.” Witkiewicz committed suicide shortly after the outbreak of War in September of 1939. He is best known for his plays The Madman and the Nun, The Mother, The Water Hen, The Anonymous Work, and The Shoemakers. KevinMoeller_Dscn0940

Brian Morgan_birdseyeviewWEBBeata Pilch– (Director) born in the Polish district of Chicago, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Master’s Degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Pilch founded Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1990 and still presides as its Artistic Director. She cultivated her life-long fascination with the avant-garde and obscure as a graduate student at the California Institute of the Arts. A Chicago native and frequent European traveler, she felt that a company that combined bold and physical European acting technique with rich European theatrical literature would provide Chicago’s entertainment scene with a unique and vibrant voice. Beata remains true to her original mission and continues to travel abroad every year to research up-and-coming directors, playwrights and stage technique in Berlin, Budapest, Krakow, Zakopane, Paris and other continental cities. Past favorite directing credits include: Madman and the Nun, Nana, Quills, The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant, The Fourth Sister, The Unveiling, Vatzlav, The Shoemakers, The Crazy Locomotive. Most recently, Beata directed Blood on the Cat’s Neck in Barcelona, Spain. She is a featured performer in the work of international multi-media visual artist Catherine Sullivan. She has performed in over 60 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, and Poland. She will perform in the next touring production Occidental Express at the international theatre festival in The Republic of Moldova next fall, 2018.

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Crew: Assistant DirectorSami Ismat / Sound Designer Danny Rockett / Lighting Design Richard Norwood / Set Design Stefan Roseen /Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski /Graphic Design Michal Janicki / Dramaturg Milan Pribisic / Video Design David Holcombe / Stage ManagersGary Damico and Pelle Melio