Gripping Tale: The Pillowman at The Studio Theatre
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A reclusive librarian -- the sole character -- finds a book that is 123 years overdue. When he opens it and finds a ticket for a Chinese laundry in London, his curiosity compels him to redeem the ticket leading him to another clue that sends him around the world on a global quest to track down the book's original borrower in Underneath the Lintel. Played by Paul Morella, the Librarian uncovers a mystery that seems to transcend the ages, but are the results due to investigation or madness? Underneath the Lintel is a moving journey of self-discovery where faith and facts intersect. Learn More
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“Brace yourself for a play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura.” —The Daily Mail
Both hilarious and horrifying, The Pillowman tells the gripping tale of a writer whose dark fables seem to be coming to life. In an unnamed totalitarian state, police drag the author Katurian in for questioning; his ghoulish stories are the only clue in a series of recent murders. With Katurian’s brother imprisoned in the next cell, his interrogators will stop at nothing to get the answers they want. Moving seamlessly back and forth between a cramped interrogation room and the fantastic world of Katurian’s imagination, The Pillowman explores family secrets, censorship and the irrepressible power of storytelling. It represents some of the most exhilarating writing that contemporary theatre has to offer.
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Joy Zinoman
About the Playwright
Martin McDonagh’s plays are The Cripple of Innismaan (London, Royal National Theatre, 1996); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Galway, Druid Theatre/London, The Royal Court Theatre, 1996); A Skull in Connemara (Druid/The Royal Court, 1997); The Lonesome West (Druid/The Royal Court, 1997); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Stratford-upon-Avon, The Royal Shakespheare Company, 2001); and The Pillowman (London, The National Theatre, 2003), which received the 2004 Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best New Play.
McDonagh 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, and four Tony Awards for The Beauty Queen of Leenane when it opened on Broadway. He won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter in 2006.