The Acrosstown Repertory Theater is proud to announce its production of The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh running April 22nd through May 8th at 619 S. Main Street. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available below; there are also a limited number of tickets available at the door 30 minutes before each performance.
The story takes place in an interrogation room, where a writer named Katurian (played by Kennan Liston) is being questioned about the content of his stories and their connection to a series of child murders. Unfortunately for our protagonist, he is a citizen of a totalitarian dictatorship which has no laws against cruel and unusual punishment. Detective Tupolski (Michael Glover) unleashes a barrage of questions and vitriol to break his suspect, and policeman Ariel (Adam Lishawa) assists with his “electrical claptrap.”
Between scenes of interrogation, we catch glimpses into Katurian’s mind and his history. An hour before his life is to be cut short by a single bullet, Katurian shares a cell and some stories with his brother, Michal (played by Bradley T. Hicks), who is being held in the next room over.
McDonagh crafts a play as satisfyingly multi-faceted as it is shockingly gruesome. As Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, “What The Pillowman is about, above all, is storytelling and the thrilling narrative potential of theater itself.” This dark — very dark — comedy weaves threads of horror over and under threads of fantasy. McDonagh asks us to look at parts of ourselves we’d rather not.
Also appearing in this production are Julianne Raymond (playing Mother), Cason Bartz (playing Father), and Mary Whited (playing Maria). Heather Uuk is making her Acrosstown directing debut.
Performances will be at 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Admission is $15.00 for Adults and $13.00 for students and seniors.
Please be advised: This production includes dramatizations of suffocations and an execution by shooting, as well as adult language and dark subject matter.