By Meghan E. Jones


By Meghan E. Jones

Directed by Jenny Reed

NOV 5, 2015 - NOV 21, 2015


Women hear it all the time. “You’re overreacting.” “What are you so emotional?” “She’s crazy.” While the diagnosis of “female hysteria” has shrunk from medical lexicons, the gendered myth continues as a pervasive meme in modern American culture. The Shelter continues its 7th season of original theatre with TRAPPER by Meghan E. Jones, directed by Jenny Reed. Inspired by interviews conducted across an ethnically and economically diverse cross-section of New York City, TRAPPER confronts the modernized meme of female hysteria through both traditional drama and collaborative choreography.

Jones and Reed tackle this complex subject through the microcosm of a 27 year-old journalist, Jillian. A two-week stay at a New York City mental hospital has provided Jillian a welcome escape from her job writing at the celebrity gossip website Trapper. While in the hospital, she develops a close friendship with her roommate, the troubled starlet Jackie Batiste—who checked into the hospital incognito. In the office of Trapper, it won’t be long before such prime tabloid fodder is sniffed out and Jillian will be faced with some painful choices: loyalty or career, substance or smear. Ultimately, she’ll be forced to choose between sanity and what passes for it in a world where pop scandals and cruel obsessions are the order of the day.


  • Morgan McGuire
  • Kelley Gates
  • Noam Harary
  • Jessica O’Hara-Baker
  • Matthew Sanders
  • Jennifer Fouché

Creative Team

  • Production Manager: Michael Kingsbaker
  • Stage Manager: Allyson Namishia
  • Assistant Director: Emily Cannon-Brown
  • Dramaturg: Rebecca LeVine
  • Sound Design: Daniela Hart
  • Lighting Design: Mike Faba
  • Creative Consultant: Jonathan Ashley
  • Make-up Consultant: M. L. Bauman
  • Carpenters: Ian Bell, Jebediah Long, Michael Bernstein, and Nate Dobson
  • House Managers: Bonnie Cannon-Brown and Emily Cannon-Brown
  • Meghan E. Jones' Trapper is not the sort of play we get to see on stage very often. And that's a shame, because Jones' delightfully witty dialogue and engaging cast of characters serve as the perfect backdrop for discussing some of the most difficult issues of contemporary culture. This innovative piece directed by Jenny Reed and produced by The Shelter is a fascinating expose...

    Natalie Sacks,
  • This is such a visceral f**king piece of theater. Go. Now.

    Nate Dobson, @ThatDobson
  • I Just saw an amazing piece of theatre done by The Shelter. I recommend Trapper to anyone, everyone, and their sister.

    Kelly Teaford
  • Humans on Twitter. Go see @theshelternyc's production of #Trapper. A beautiful story that left me speechless with tears. #4thstreettheater

    Danielle Beckmann, @DBeckComedy
  • SOOOOOOO GOOOOD!!! I left so fired up and wanting more.

    Heather Adams

TRAPPER is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.