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The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh (5+6+7)


  • SAYBROOK/UNDERBROOK THEATER 242 Elm Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
In a tale of artistic oppression, police brutality, and the subconscious erosion of the human spirit, an aspiring writer stands accused by the totalitarian government. Lately there have been brutal crimes committed against local children that emulate his disturbing fairy tales. However, in this obscure and twisted environment, the spoken word is readily accepted as reality and nothing is guaranteed to be as it seems. As the night wears on, the lines between the writer’s stories and the characters’ histories blur, and it becomes clear that nobody is as innocent or as guilty as initially thought. This staging is inspired by the horror cinema of the 1990s and 21st century. Influences include the works of directors Ti West, Takashi Miike, Brad Anderson, Neil Marshall, and Guillermo del Toro, as well as the television series American Horror Story and Courage the Cowardly Dog. 

This production features minor audience interaction. Content matter includes child abuse and major depression. Viewer discretion is advised.