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 a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders that are happening 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 London.
Cast: 5 women (2 men, 1 woman, 1 boy, 1 girl)
What people say:
"Energizing…a blindingly 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." — Chicago Tribune
"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 Irish Times
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.