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Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20005
202-332-3300
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3 stars
attended Apr 18 2007

Macabre and hilarious. The acting is stellar.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Brace yourself for a play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura.” —The Daily Mail

Description

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Its body of work encompasses provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. Studio strives to present sophisticated writing, stunning design, and extraordinary performance. Studio 2ndStage provides opportunities for emerging and established local and national artists, and Special Events feature one-of-a-kind productions from around the world.