THE PILLOWMAN

by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Rick Lombardo**

For its season opener, New Rep presents last season’s Tony-Award winning hit, The Pillowman. In an unidentified totalitarian state, Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local police force. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the police resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”
NEW YORK TIMES

Top 10 Plays of 2005
TIME MAGAZINE

Photo John Kuntz, Steven Barkhimer and Phillip Patrone. Photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures