About the Play:
Winner of the Olivier Award, Tony Award Nominee for Best Play 2005
The Pillowman is a full length black comedy by Martin
McDonagh. A writer is interrogated after a series of recent and
grisly child murders resemble events in his stories.
With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, The
Pillowman centres on Katurian, a fiction writer living in an
unnamed police state who is being interrogated about the gruesome
content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of
bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The result is an urgent
work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very
nature and purpose of art.
The Pillowman premiered in 2003 at the National Theatre in
Cast: 5 women (2 men, 1 woman, 1 boy, 1 girl)
What people say:
bright black comedy…[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating
new play from Mr. McDonagh…so gripping as theater is how narrative
art becomes the play's and the character's very life blood."
— The New York Times
"[McDonagh is] a dangerously
prodigious master of theatrical form with a talent that goes far
deeper than most people understand…The Pillowman
[is] thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating." —
"McDonagh's least forgiving,
bravest play." — Variety
"A complex tale about life and
art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and
creativity." — Financial Times (London)
"McDonagh is more than just a
very clever theatrical stylist. His tricks and turns have a purpose.
They are bridges over a deep pit of sympathy and sorrow, illuminated
by a tragic vision of stunted and frustrated lives." — The
About the Playwright:
Martin McDonagh is an English-born Irish playwright,
filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has been resident playwright at the
Royal National Theatre in London, and has won numerous awards,
including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
His first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony
awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. His
play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal
National Theatre and received the Olivier Award. His short film, Six
Shooter, won an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed In
Bruge, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.