The Pillowman

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    MARCH 10-APRIL 2, 2016

    With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

    This show contains mature language, mature themes, and vapor smoking.





    OpenForum discussions will follow all regular performances.
    (Opening Night and Closing Night will NOT have a post-show discussion.)



    Maboud Ebrahimzadeh*^, Emma Lou Hebert, Jim Jorgensen*,
    James Konicek*, and Bradley Foster Smith




    Designed by 

    Paige Hathaway (set), Jason Arnold (lights), Robery Croghan (costumes), Patti Kalil^(props), Justin Schmitz (sound), and Casey Kaleba (fight choreography)

    Dramaturgy by Laura Esti Miller^
    Stage Managed by Jessica Short^


    * = Member of Actors Equity Association
    ^ = Forum Ensemble Member



    MARTIN MCDONAGH (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter and film director, born and raised in London with both British and Irish citizenship. He has been described as one of the most important living Irish playwrights. Separated into two trilogies, McDonagh's first six plays are located in and around County Galway, where he spent his holidays as a child. The first is set in Leenane, a small village on the west coast of Ireland, and consists of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), A Skull in Connemara (1997) and The Lonesome West (1997). His second trilogy consists of The Cripple of Inishmaan (1997), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) and The Banshees of Inisheer (the third play was never published, as McDonagh insisted it "isn't any good"), and are set across a trio of islands that are located off the coast of County Galway. McDonagh's first non-Irish play The Pillowman is set in a fictitious totalitarian state and premiered at the National Theatre in 2003, after a rehearsed reading in Galway in 1997. A Behanding in Spokane is McDonagh's first play that is set in the United States and it premiered in New York City in 2010—lead actor Christopher Walken was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as a killer looking for the hand he lost in his youth. McDonagh also penned two prize-winning radio plays, one of which is The Tale of the Wolf and the Woodcutter.

    YURY URNOV (Director) graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS) in 2000, and has directed over 40 productions in his home country, Europe, and Africa. He was one of the first to discover and direct plays by the generation of post-Soviet playwrights,who are now internationally recognized as the leaders of the New Russian Drama movement. Yury translated plays of Martin McDonagh, Sarah Ruhl, and Edward Albee into Russian, as well as a number of contemporary Russian plays into English. Since 2002, he has worked closely with the Center for International Theater Development (dir. Philip Arnoult) on a number of Russia – US cultural projects. His recent directing credits in the US include Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, Th3re Zisters at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, You for Me for You and Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where Yury is a company member. He is also an adjunct professor at Towson University, MD.