Cast: Maureen Azzun, Neema Lahon, David Lovejoy, Gavin Rhys, Faiz Siddique, and Carl Wisniewski.

Playwright

Laura Ruohonen creates her own special world in her plays, whether depicting a seventeenth-century court or a modern apartment block. Ruohonen’s texts are both poetic and down-to-earth, combining humour and tragedy into an organic whole. In her plays, people are inextricably bound to their environment, and an individual’s inner and outer life reflect one another, sometimes getting blended in the process. Ruohonen writes on many levels, and her works can be interpreted in many different ways. At the heart of her works lies a strong ethical core. From 2008 to 2013 Laura Ruohonen was the Professor in Drama of the Theatre Academy Helsinki.

Director

Michael Mejia (they, them, theirs) is extremely excited to be making their main stage directing debut with Trap Door Theatre! Michael studied acting and music performance at Indiana University before coming to Chicago. Michael is the Company Manager for Trap Door Theatre, where they are also a proud ensemble member. Trap Door Directing credits: ALAS and Decomposed Theatre Episode 3. Acting credits: The White Plague, Father; Love and Information, Actor; The Killer, Architect; The Old Woman Broods, Waiter; Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman, Beaumarchais/Wilkes (Trap Door Theatre);  Proxy, Doug (Underscore Theatre); Kingdom, Alexander (Broken Nose Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey 2 (Stoughton Village Players); Hair, Hud (Harper Ensemble Theatre). Michael is also a musician who plays guitar, piano and writes. Michael would like to thank Trap Door Theatre and this amazing cast for allowing them to take this beautiful journey. www.mejiah.com

Queen C

 

Written by Laura Ruohonen

Translated by David Hackston

Directed by Michael Mejia

October 28 – December 4, 2021

 

Runs: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. No show on Thanksgiving day, with an added show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 28th.

Admission: $20 on Thursdays and Fridays, $25 on Saturdays, with two for one admission on Thursdays.

Where: Trap Door Theatre is located at 1655 W. Cortland St.

Queen C explores the story of Queen Christina of Sweden, as she fights the uphill battle of ruling as a Queen in a world created for Kings. Friendship, Marriage, Legacy, Philosophy, Gender Roles… How much will Christina cast away to live the life she desires?

Queen C has been translated into more than seven languages, won several prizes and been staged in five continents in cutting-edge theaters. After receiving accolades abroad, the play was then staged in Finland. Laura Ruohonen is a playwright in residence at the Finnish National theatre, with a new play and a poetry book coming up in 2022.

 

Chicago and Trap Door COVID-19 Protocol:

MASKS REQUIRED AND PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR INDOOR PERFORMANCES

Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski / Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood / Set Designer: Michael Griggs / Associate Set Designer: Minghan Ma / Sound Designer: Deon Custard / Make-up Designer: Zsofia Otvos / Graphic Designer: Michal Janicki / Stage Manager: Anna Klos