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Catawba College Presents "The Pillowman," a Black Comedy

February 12, 2007

Category: Events, Theatre Arts


For its seventh show of the 2006-2007 season, the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department presents "The Pillowman," a black comedy by playwright Martin McDonaugh. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. February 21-24 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.

Student-directed by senior Joey Yow of High Point, "The Pillowman" is set in an unnamed totalitarian state where two policemen interrogate an author about his work and its relation to a series of local murders. Held in prison along with the author, Katurian, is his mentally disabled brother. Using the brother as bait, the policemen interrogate Katurian, perfecting their good cop/bad cop routine, then, they drag him and the audience into the darkly funny and brutal world of the writer's imagination.

Yow says of the production, "In envisioning "The Pillowman," we wanted to explore accountability. What would happen to a writer who is blamed for the crimes of his readers and whom should the axe finally strike?"

First performed at London's National Theatre in 2004, "The Pillowman" opened on Broadway in 2005. The production takes on some of modern society's most intriguing issues — from what defines art, to censorship, to the importance of the individual rights.

Cast members include junior Jeremy Kinser of Matthews as Michal; junior Andy McCaine of Mequon, Wis., as Tupolski; sophomore Andrew Hepler of Knoxville, Tenn., as Ariel; junior Daniel Hines of Yorktown, Va., as Katurian; senior Kathryn Shanklin of Houston, Texas, as the little boy in the Tale of Two Towns and as the little girl in The Little Jesus; sophomore Emilie Kuhar of Gaithersburg, Md., as Mother; and sophomore Jordan Hunt of Hartford, Wis., as Father.

In addition to Yow, crew members include senior Jessica Taige of Wauwatosa, Wis., assistant director; senior Kaitlyn Gemmell of Micanopy, Fla., costume designer; and freshman Britanny Bland of Alpharetta, Ga., stage manager.

Tickets for "The Pillowman" are $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The play contains many graphic scenes depicting brutal violence on children and harsh language, therefore it is not suitable for children under the age of 13.