Trap Open


Trap Open explores non-traditional forms of playmaking, while developing and giving voice to the next generation of groundbreaking theatre artists.

In keeping with the promise to foster innovative forms of expression, Trap Door opens up its space to company members, as well as guest artists, to develop new work that exists outside the realm of a traditional theatrical run. These performances occur sporadically throughout the prime-time season as additional offerings during the week and late nights. Whether it is a workshop of a bold new play, a daylong performance installation, or a collaboration with artists from other mediums, Trap Open offers audiences thrilling, unexpected experiences while granting artists the opportunity to take risks that push their artistic practices to new heights.

Trap Door Theatre will offer to host and produce your project in our Bucktown space. We manage the box office through our online ticket sales and provide equipment use and promotion.

Interested in participating in the program? Send a brief proposal of your project and requirements for production to

Past Productions:

The Underground Society for Music – Trap Open

Trap Open Presents: The Underground Society for Music
June 29th and 30th […]

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Antigonik – Trap Open

June 2024 […]

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The Delivery – Trap Open

February 2024 […]

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The Mechanical Messiah – Trap Open

December 2023 […]

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Consuewella: Triptych in MOVE – Trap Open

November / December 2023 […]

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Still Life – Trap Open

July 2023 […]

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Roxi Starr Live from the Closet and

Just Say Blow Me

Written by Susan Mele and Leah Ryan
Directed by Ed Cheetham and Gene Fouche

April 2021

Childhood Beauty

Written by Suz Evans
Directed by Skye Fort

March 2019

Reality Theatre

Written by Julia Lederer
Directed by Emily Lotspeich

February 2020

There is No Power for the Electric Chair

Written by Alexandar Sekulov
Translated by Holly Karapetkova
Directed by Zlatomir Moldovanski

October 2018

The Great Big Invisible Invisible

Written and Directed by Ambrose Cappuccio

September 2019

Sad Happy Sucker

Written by Lee Kirk
Directed by Mike Steele

June 2018