Carleton’s Student-Led Experimental Theater Board to Perform “The Pillowman”

Carleton College’s student-led Experimental Theater Board will perform “The Pillowman,” a psychological thriller written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16, nightly at 8 p.m. in the Nourse Little Theater, located in the lower level of Nourse Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

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Carleton College’s student-led Experimental Theater Board will perform “The Pillowman,” a psychological thriller written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16, nightly at 8 p.m. in the Nourse Little Theater, located in the lower level of Nourse Hall. One-part psychological thriller and one-part black comedy, “The Pillowman” follows the interrogation of a fiction writer named Katurian whose gruesome short stories bear a striking resemblance to a string of recent child murders in his town. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve seats for the production, visit www.sinistral.us/reservations/.

After his handicapped brother Michael confesses to the grisly murders, Katurian is confronted by detectives Tupolski and Ariel in a police interrogation room regarding his crime-inspiring short stories. As the two detectives entangle Katurian in a “Good Cop/Bad Cop” mind-game, the characters are forced to confront the role of art in real life, and how fiction can become fact. “The Pillowman” delivers a chilling and challenging meditation on the dark side of human imagination, and the nightmares that can turn into reality.

Directed by Carleton senior Hal Edmonson (Madison, Wis.), along with assistant director sophomore Julie McCormick (Shorewood, Wis.) and stage manager senior Lacey Dorman (Kennebec, S.D.), “The Pillowman” features freshmen John Christensen (Durango, Colo.) and Mandie Grover (New Harmony, Utah); sophomore Geoff Williams (Reno, Nev.); juniors Wade Gobel (New Haven, Conn.), Scott Donaldson (Wauwatosa, Wis.), and Liz Aeschlimann (Madison, Wis.); and senior Joe Knoedler (Sheboygan, Wis.). For more information regarding the production, please contact Edmonson at edmonsoh@carleton.edu.