A dance-fueled thriller of vice and virtue


By Ben Lobpries and Tommy Rapley
Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley
Adapted from the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


PRICE: $15 for Previews, $20-$39 for Regular Run.

TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 7:00pm
RUN TIME: 2 hours, including one intermission


New to the big city, a young, beautiful, and fragile Dorian Gray is greedily embraced by a group of artists and art critics. Frustrated and sensitive painter Basil Howard creates a stunning portrait of the young Dorian.  But wild gallery parties, heart-broken lovers, and desperate violence wreak havoc on the portrait, reflecting the scars on Dorian’s soul. Yet the man himself remains flawless for decades. What crime can ultimately break the spell?
This boldly modern adaptation reveals depth, pain, and longing beneath the surface of Wilde’s morality tale. Just like Dorian’s picture, this classic story about the creation of a masterpiece is transformed into a lush, dance-fueled stage production.
DORIAN is staged in promenade, with actors and audience sharing the stage space. If you want to join us, but won't be able to stand and move easliy, just let us know and we'll work it out.
DORIAN contains brief nudity, adult topics, and a bar on stage. Leave the kids at home on this one! Thinking about bringing your teen? Check out our Parent's Guide for more content info. 


“A stunning achievement” -Windy City Times


“No question, Rapley’s appropriately stylized revision is THRILLING stuff, aesthetically consistent with Wilde… while PERFECTLY TUNED into the overkill of American affluence.” -Chicago Free Press


Show Dates:
Apr 4 2014 to May 18 2014

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL




  • Patrick Andrews*
  • Cole Simon
  • Manny Buckley
  • Lauren Pizzi
  • Alex Weisman
  • Kelley Abell
  • Ally Carey
  • Ben Burke
    Ensemble, u/s Basil/Dorian
  • Blake McKay
  • Monica Thomas
    Ensemble, u/s Sybil
  • Bryan Conner
    Ensemble, u/s Alan
  • Donnell Williams
    Ensemble, u/s Harry
  • Sasha Kostyrko
    Female Understudy
  • Pavel Tabutov
    Male Understudy


  • Keely Haddad-Null
    Stage Manager
  • Michael Brandt
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Will Dean
    Master Electrician
  • Jerica Hucke
    Costume Manager
  • Kasey Trouba
    Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Jon Woelfer
    Scenic Supervisor
  • Joe Dybdal
    Technical Director
  • Cait Chiou
    Paint Charge


  • Choreographer
  • Scenic Designer
  • Sound Designer/Composer
  • Mieka van der Ploeg
    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Rebecca Barrett
    Lighting Designer
  • Jamie Karas
    Props Master
  • Jeff Klapperich
    Portrait Artist
  • Joey Stone
    Assistant Director
  • Sally Weiss
    Assistant Scenic Designer
  • Kristin Schoenback
    Assistant Costume Designer
  • Sean Kelly
    Script Assistant
Rave Reviews for DORIAN
“RECOMMENDED: The party just keeps rolling and the audience is taken on an avant-garde theatrical journey.”
–New City Stage
“Love scenes are elegantly expressed in fluid dance movements. [The show] PULSATES with light, sound, color and movement.”  
- GapersBlock
“a HIP, SEXY, movement-oriented show”
–Chicago Tribune
“With stunning video portraiture... and a KICK-ASS, adrenaline-pumping score... “The Picture of Dorian Gray” takes on a 2014 intensity.
Vice never looked so nasty and so nice.”

–Stage and Cinema
DORIAN is lush, modern, sexy, and fun! RECOMMENDED”
-Chicago Critic
Open House: Dorian

An inside look at the dark thrill of Dorian.


See the full Program with cast and crew bios.


Notes on the Portrait

The picture of Dorian Gray is a story of a man's decent into debauchery and madness. In more general terms however, it's the story of a metamorphosis. In undertaking the task of creating the constantly changing portrait of Dorian, it was important to me to find the right synthesis of mediums that would do that metamorphosis justice, and maintain the feeling that portrait itself is a handmade object. Through the use of painting, ceramic, and manipulated photographic techniques, I feel as though I have found that synthesis. Building a clay model, and photographing it through a series of hand painted masks that represent Dorian's likeness, I've been able to explore the idea of metamorphosis without resorting to digital processes to accomplish it. In other words, everything you see on the screen, save for the colorization, is accomplished with actual objects and analogue techniques. There is a certain magic in film based photography that translates into unexpected nuances, and a tactile sense that what you are looking at is somehow real. It has been an honor to take on this challenge and when I look at the piece I wonder how it even came to be. I hope I have been able to inspire that same sense of wonder in you, dear viewer, as that is ever my goal and my creative inspiration.

- Jeff Klapperich




The gang’s all here. Sunday April 27, 7pm

The House Theatre of Chicago Chicago theatre’s collectives, artistic associates, company members, and ensembles represent at this Industry shin-dig. Stick around after the show for drinks, dancing, and mixing it up with our city’s finest artistic cohorts. Advance Tickets just $15 with the code “IMakeArt” online or call us at 773.769.3832. Just show Industry proof at the door.

IMakeArt code good for ½ price industry any performance. Sweet.



Join us Saturday, May 3, for a talkback with the artists following the 8:00pm show. This event is FREE with your show ticket.