Trap Door Theatre celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season with The Balcony!
Written by: Jean Genet
Translated by: Bernard Frechtman
Directed by: Max Truax
Runs: September 5 – October 12
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Cast: Antonio Brunetti, Simina Contras, David A. Holcombe, John Kahara, Meghan Lewis, Michelle Oliver, Thom Pasculli, Alžan Pelesic, Ann Sonneville, David Steiger, Nicole Wiesner, and Carl Wisniewski.
Set in a brothel during a bloody revolution, The Balcony is Genet’s examination of the artifice of authority. Madame Irma’s brothel specializes in providing fetish scenarios for clients who seek the erotic pleasures of playing government icons without having to bear the burden of their functions. Irma’s domineering and manipulative leadership of the brothel has bred an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust that lives in secret exchanges behind the padded doors of the brothel’s studios. When the real revolution disrupts the sanctity of the brothel’s fantasies, and the real figures of government go missing, Irma and the Chief of Police must work together to devise a grand scenario that will preserve the status quo while immortalizing them both forever. Unexpected consequences arise when reality finally penetrates the web of their elaborate fantasy.