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The Pillowman Auditions
COMING SOON

June | Location: TBD

Director: TBD

 

"The Pillowman" is a dark and intense play by Martin McDonagh that delves into the mind of a writer in a totalitarian state. The story follows Katurian, a fiction writer who is being interrogated by two detectives, Tupolski and Ariel. As the interrogation progresses, it becomes clear that Katurian's stories bear eerie similarities to a series of child murders that have been occurring in the town.

As the detectives delve deeper into Katurian's past and his disturbing tales, the lines between reality and fiction blur. Katurian's relationship with his mentally disabled brother, Michal, adds another layer of complexity to the narrative. Themes of abuse, trauma, and the power of storytelling are woven throughout the play, as Katurian grapples with the consequences of his work and the true nature of his own identity.

"The Pillowman" is a gripping exploration of the human psyche, morality, and the role of art in society, leaving audiences questioning where the line between right and wrong truly lies.

Character Breakdown

Katurian: Playable age: Late 20s-mid 30s, male. Lines 450+ A talented writer. Despite his taste for the macabre, Katurian is keen to not cause any real trouble. Besides the posterity of his writing, Katurian’s only concern is for his brother, Michal.

Michal: Playable age: Late 20s-mid 30s, male. Lines 175+ Katurian’s brother. Childlike innocence. Michal is a year older than his brother, but due to extensive brain damage, he seems more like Katurian’s child than his sibling. He loves stories and has an infantile disposition, taking everything at face value.

Tupolski: Playable age: Mid 30s or older, male or female, Lines 250+ “The good cop”. Sardonic, funny, straightforward, intelligent, controlled. An investigator, less violent and aggressive, but very unfeeling. He is the hero and the brains of the operation.

Ariel: Playable age: Mid 30s or older, male or female, Lines 150+. “The bad cop” – Explosive, physically powerful, self-righteous, violent, brutal, bulldog. He has a soft-spot for children, complimented by an extreme hatred of anyone who harms a child. As with most brutal thugs with a gooey caramel center, he has a secret past of his own

Mother: Playable Age: Any Age, non-speaking, will play Katurian’s parent, Girl's parent, and girl's foster parent in stylized story sequences.

Father: Playable Age: Any Age, non-speaking. Will play Katurian’s parent, Girl's parent, and girl's foster parent in stylized story sequences.

Girl: Playable age: 8-13, non-speaking. Will play young Katurian and girl in stylized story sequences, and mute girl.

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