welcometo the brand new Premiere Theatre and Performance website! PTAP began 7 years ago as the International Theatre of Chicago. Since our founding, we have devised, co-produced and premiered 17 productions and formed collaborative relationships with a number of acclaimed, off-loop Chicago theatres and international artists. PTAP supports inspired and audacious directors, whose focus is the development of new work, original performance and Chicago premieres.

our mission

The mission of Premiere Theatre & Performance (PTAP) is to present new plays and original performance by directors of vision and originality. We recognize the director as the catalyst for and champion of new work and devised original performance. Premiere creates a home for stage directors, in an environment that encourages development, creativity and artistic integrity.

SEVEN DOORS by Botho Strauss at the DANK Haus!

September 16th, 2011

Premiere is pleased to announce the remount of its acclaimed production of SEVEN DOORS by Botho Strauss, translated by Peter K. Jansen, and directed by Patrizia Acerra. Performances will take place at the historic DANK Haus, located at 4740 N. Western in Lincoln Square.

Strauss is one of Germany’s most produced playwrights and one of its most prolific. The 2008 production was a US premiere, in a translation by the late Peter K. Jansen of the University of Chicago.

German dramatist Strauss’s tidy collection of one-acts is that rare case where vertiginous absurdity and sketch comedy perfectly overlap. Throw in an unsentimental-yet-sympathetic view of the human condition, and you’ve got a recipe for that still-rarer evening of light-touch entertainment, graced with notes of solemnity and mind-bending perspective – Time Out Chicago

The cast includes Jennifer Cox, Robert Dean, Jeff Dolecek, David Ello, Hank Hilbert, Christopher Leck and Anna K. Stevens.

Set design is by Andrea Ball, lighting design by Mac Vaughey, Sound design by Daniel Carlyon and Costume design by Carol J. Blanchard, USA. Assistant Direction is by Adam McDowell (who will also direct one of the vignettes), stage management by Sonita Surratt.

SEVEN DOORS continues PTAP’s commitment to present new international work, in the spirit of its highly successful International Voices Project.

DANK Haus has embarked on a historic façade renovation. Consequently, the entrance to the performance is now under scaffolding! Performances take place on the second floor. Please use the elevator on the right when you enter the building off of Western.

There is free parking at MB bank, on the corner of Lawrence and Western, when the bank is closed.


Press Opening is Sunday, November 13th at 6PM, with performances running through Sunday, December, 11th. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM.

Preview performances take place on Sunday, November 6th at 3PM and Monday, November 7th at 8PM. Preview tickets are $10.00.

There is no performance Friday, November 25th.


Performance tickets are $15, and are available at

IVP 2011 is Officially Launched!

December 7th, 2010

Thank you to all who attended our wonderful IVP 2011 Kick-Off on Tuesday, November 30th at the lovely Alliance Francais. We were honored to share the evening with many Consul Generals, with our partner theatre companies, and with the leaders of several cultural institutions throughout the city. The evening was accompanied by the gorgeous sounds of David Ello on the harp! Check out Chicago Stage Review for more highlights.

Our New Website Has Arrived!

October 4th, 2010

So in anticipation for the fall season, we decided to create a brand, spankin’ new website to give us a fresh start and something that better suits our style. Many of the old features are still here with lots of new content on the way. Just bare with us a little bit as we work out the bugs and kinks and get things in order. But we were so excited about this new development, that we just had to share it with you as soon as we could!

The Inaugural International Voices Project Was A Hit!

June 28th, 2010

Our first year of the International Voice Project was a huge success! Thank you all who participated, we hope it was as rewarding for you as it has been for us, and a BIG thank you to all of you who came out to enjoy these events with us. With much enthusiasm, we plan on continuing this and making it an annual event so stay tuned for more information for our 2011 readings!

In the meantime, please check out our blog for the International Voices Project here.

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