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The Pillowman

16 April, 2019

by Martin McDonagh
arranged by Christina Vasala Kokkinaki

Why do we call the people who imagine the grisliest acts of horror "writers" and those who act upon them "monsters"? "The Pillowman" is a dark tragedy dealing with exactly with this question.

In an unnamed totalitarian state, Katurian, a writer of short stories that often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to being executed but attempts to save his stories from destruction. Not for the squeamish as violence and description of violence are prevalent in this play.