"THE PILLOWMAN"

Playwright MARTIN MCDONAGH

The play is the viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.

Katurian, a writer of grisly short stories often showing violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders.

The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian’s stories, most notably the autobiographical “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother,” which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents.

 

The Pillowman is presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatic Inc. New York

 

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