The Pillowman by Reality Curve Theatre
Runs September 27th to October 6th
The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and is his first non-Irish play. It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state, who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.
It is being produced by Reality Curve who made a big splash on the local theatre scene with their Jessie Nominated production of Bug by Tracey Letts.
Not only do they like to produce gritty and challenging productions they are also committed to keeping theatre affordable so they sell some seats for a little as $5.
I asked executive director of the company Paul Piaskowski (who is also acting in the show) about the rehearsal process and how audiences can prepare for this dynamic script.
This is been called an exhilarating but also a disturbing show. I know of one person (a friend) who saw another production of it who found it overwhelming. What do people need to realize before they go so that they can enjoy their experience?
Be prepared hear and watch some disturbing things. Be prepared to laugh at some disturbing things, and then be prepared to ask yourself why you just laughed.
What can you tell me about your role in the show?
I play Ariel, one of the detectives interrogating the main character. Ariel is ostensibly the ‘bad cop’, but there is quite a bit more to this character then first meets the eye.W
What has been the most challenging part about rehearsing?
Rehearsing a play about child murders, with an f-word count well over a hundred in a children’s theatre (Carousel Theatre for Young People). Thank goodness for sound proofing!
Indeed. So with so much horror what have been the comfort and joy at rehearsal?
Having the opportunity to go toe to toe everyday with Bob Frazer and Anthony F. Ingram, both incredbly talented, and generous actors.
What’s in store for the audience – why should they come?
What’s not in store for the audience! This play is funny, it’s heart wrenching, it’s scary and it’s exhilarating. It’ll make you think, and then it’ll make you think some more. If you enjoy the likes of Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Stephen King, and/or Pinter, you’ll love this play
Here is a video trailer to give you a taste.
Vancouver – Reality Curve Theatre presents the award winning play The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh will open Wednesday September 27 and run through to October 6th at the Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver.
“The Pillowman is a thrilling dark comedy about life, art, censorship, cruelty, and creativity”, said Reality Curve Theatre’s Executive Director Paul Piaskowski, “I think it’s even more relevant now, given Donald Trump’s totalitarian impulses. The world of the play could very well be reality in 20 years if Trump has his way.” 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.
Play author, and Academy Award Winner Martin McDonagh is best know for his work on the silver screen as writer and director of films like In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and the upcoming Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDonagh’s The Pillowman echoes Tarantino, as much as The Brothers Grimm and Stephen King, and has been described by Variety as his “least forgiving, bravest play.”
Reality Curve Theatre’s production is directed by Emmy Nominated Stuart Aikins, and stars Bob Frazer, Anthony F. Ingram, Paul Anthony, Paul Piaskowski, and Izabel Pearce, featuring illustrations by Vancouver artist Edward Chee. In keeping with the company’s mandate to keep professional theatre affordable, tickets to The Pillowman start at $5 and can be purchased at www.thepillowman.ca
David C Jones