Cast: Venice Averyheart, Caleb Jenkins, David Lovejoy, Manuela Rentea, Hannah Silverman, Keith Surney, and Kevin Webb.


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.

Stage Manager: Kayci Johnston / Assistant Stage Manager: Kasia Olechno / Costume Design: Natasha Djukic / Lighting Design: Richard Norwood / Set Design: Natasha Djukic / Master Carpenter: Chirs Popio / Sound Design: Danny Rockett / Music Composition: Natasha Bogojevic / Prop Design: Merje Veski / Sewing Assistant: Emily Nichelson / Movement Consultant: Miguel Long / Graphic Design: Michal Janicki / Dramaturg: Milan Pribisic / Videography: Road 28 Productions

The Pragmatists


Written by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz

Translated by Daniel Gerould

Adapted by Adam Ranđelović

Directed by Zeljko Djukic

September 21 – October 28, 2023


In a setting that is at the same time a torture chamber, a chamber of the heart, and a chamber for a virtuoso recital, two former friends struggle for domination in an existential conflict. They share the same dilemmas, the same collapsing world, the same despair; they are “pragmatists” because instead of facing the ultimate mystery of existence, they attempt to find pain-killing evasions, which dooms them to live the past over again while experiencing the future in advance.

Danny RockettBest Sound Design

Natasha BogojevicBest Original Music

Venice Averyheart, Caleb Lee Jenkins, David Lovejoy, Manuela Rentea, Hannah Silverman, Keith Surney, and Kevin WebbBest Ensemble

After his previous directing triumphs of First Ladies and Judith: A Parting from the Body, TUTA founding Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic returns from Serbia to Trap Door to direct Witkiewicz’s first ever published piece.


Zeljko Djukic studied at the Belgrade Drama Arts School and the University of Maryland at College Park. He is the founder of the TUTA Theatre company. Among many productions he directed are The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, Baal and The Wedding by Bertolt Brecht, Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, First Ladies by Werner Schwab, and Judith: A Parting from the Body by Howard Barker. In 2009 he directed Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Award for 2013. He currently teaches acting at the Academy of the Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.