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
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
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.