Pillowman Poster

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows for the opening weekend (Feb 11-13) are canceled.
An additional showtime will be added to the original schedule on Wednesday Feb. 17. Regularly schedule times for “The Pillowman” are 8 p. m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances Feb. 18-20, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee on Feb. 21.

The WLU Theatre Program will be performing Martin McDonagh’s play, The Pillowman, on February 17-21.  The action of this play involves a writer in a totalitarian state, being interrogated by two policemen regarding his involvement in the murders of several local children.  The circumstances of the murders mirror details from a few of his short stories, one of which was never published.  The writer has a brother who was affected by abuse as a child, leaving him with the mental capacity of an eight year old. Both the writer and his brother struggle to understand why the events are happening and if it will be possible to avoid execution for these crimes.
This play is also very much about the relationship between the artist and the art.    This writer values his stories more than his own life.  In the end, he chooses to admit to crimes he did not commit in order to insure that the police will not destroy his stories.   In addition, this production questions the relationship between art and society.  Is art a reflection of society or is society a reflection of its art?

Due to violence, language, and mature themes, this show is not suitable for all audiences.