Martin' McDonagh's play "The Pillowman" runs in Ottawa, Ontario from Sept 24 to Oct 3, 2009, at Arts Court Theatre.
For more information, see visiontheatre.ca
For tickets, call 613-564-7240
Directed and designed by Ken Godmere. Featuring Kris Joseph, Geoff Mcbride, David Whiteley, Bradley Cunningham Long, Alison Almeida, Mélodie Courval, and Zach Counsil. Stage management by Megan Cowie.
"The Pillowman" focuses on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of brutal child murders taking place in his home town. Katurian, the writer, is questioned by two sardonic (with a touch of sadistic) State Police Officers, who use any means necessary in order to close the case, whether the suspect is guilty or innocent.
What unfolds, however, is a twisted tale of suspense and horror. In the words of Katurian, "The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story", and playwright Martin McDonagh tells this tale with a unique blend of comedy and very intense darkness, offering a compelling world of storytelling.
Confronting the theme of artistic legacy, the dangerous potential of truth and narrative, and the power of the storyteller, The Pillowman is challenging material that is thought-provoking, frightening, and hilarious.
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