Synopsis

A writer is interrogated about his nightmarish short stories and their similarities to a number of murders occurring in his town. When the writer's mentally impaired brother is also brought in for questioning, this police procedural takes twists and turns that will leave you spellbound.

Watch & Listen

  1. Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

    Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members

Reviews

“Blistering theater! One of the very best plays of the past decade!”
-Chicago Tribune

“The acting is perfect: mesmerizing and hilarious, caustic and droll.”
-Chicago Sun Times

“Highly Recommended!”
-Chicago Reader

“A gripping and perversely comic horror show.”
-Chicago Tribune

Program Articles

Martha Lavey on The Pillowman


Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the theme of duality in Martin McDonagh's play, The Pillowman.

Interrogating McDonagh


Literary Manager Gabriel Greene relates McDonagh's belief in the power and importance of storytelling.

True Stories


Ensemble member Jim True-Frost takes on the role of Katurian in The Pillowman encountering a familiar theme: Storytelling.

Designer's Notebook


Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic shares her inspiration for The Pillowman.

Designer's Notebook


Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic shares her inspiration for The Pillowman.

Martha Lavey on The Pillowman


Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the theme of duality in Martin McDonagh's play, The Pillowman.

True Stories


Ensemble member Jim True-Frost takes on the role of Katurian in The Pillowman encountering a familiar theme: Storytelling.

Interrogating McDonagh


Literary Manager Gabriel Greene relates McDonagh's belief in the power and importance of storytelling.

Martha Lavey on The Pillowman


Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the theme of duality in Martin McDonagh's play, The Pillowman.

Interrogating McDonagh


Literary Manager Gabriel Greene relates McDonagh's belief in the power and importance of storytelling.

True Stories


Ensemble member Jim True-Frost takes on the role of Katurian in The Pillowman encountering a familiar theme: Storytelling.

Designer's Notebook


Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic shares her inspiration for The Pillowman.

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