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The Pillowman- Program notes

The Pillowman

“Why don’t you act out any of the nice stories?”

You never wrote any nice stories.”  

The Pillowman takes us into a dark world, inhabited by secret police and segregated populations.  In this world the writer, Katurian, is brought in and interrogated, interrogated over stories whose content is brutal, gruesome, and most importantly child-like.  As the play progresses we see the perversion of all institutions created to keep us safe:  government, family, and the children’s story.  This world was once a happy place, a place where people could be safe but somehow, somewhere something went wrong.

Today politicians and writers constantly argue over the state of media.  The artists often claiming that they merely “reflect” the society they see and the politicians accusing them of not taking their influence seriously, when in reality they are both correct.  Art does not live in a vacuum but rather is part of a larger context, drawing influence from the political and the economic world.   But it is a poor artist indeed who does not believe in the power of change.  The artist’s work does touch and affect those of us who are not too jaded to listen, and at the end of the day it is the “Little Green Pig” that affects us most.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank my cast and crew.  They have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to make this a wonderful production.  They were amazing, coming in over their break and working late nights on a light or paint call.  very single person in this program deserves your applause and has my sincerest thanks.  SO please, ladies and gentlemen, we humbly present our production of The Pillowman by Martin McDonaugh.

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