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University Theatre presents: The Pillowman

University Theatre presents: The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh  

Directed by J. Daniel Herring  

May 5  - 13

Katurian, a writer of short stories that often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to being executed but attempts to save his stories from destruction. 

The play contains both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian’s stories, including the autobiographical “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother,” which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents.

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“Martin McDonagh is a master at writing dark comedy,” says director J. Daniel Herring. “His characters are complex and fully three-dimensional and perhaps even seem a bit odd in normal everyday situations. ‘The Pillowman’ storyline wholeheartedly adheres to the characteristics of dark comedy. This play, like many of McDonagh’s works, uses satire and dark humor to examine subjects that are depressing, frightening, unpleasant, or taboo. Dark comedies simultaneously entertain and expose corners of the human condition that make the audience at times laugh at serious situations and in turn feel uncomfortable.”

The production is double-cast and includes Mason Beltran, Nico J. DiViccaro, Grant Hill, Randy Kohlruss, Tyler Murphy, Luke Robert Nothstein, Jonathan Disan Perez, Mikayla Rockwell, Carlos Oliviera Sanchez, Joshua Slack, and Diego Sosa.

DiViccaro, Hill, Sanchez, and Slack will perform on May 5, 7, 10, and 12, 2023.  Beltran, Kohlruss, Murphy, and Nothstein will perform on May 6, 9, 11, and 13, 2023. Perez, Rockwell, and Sosa will perform at all performances. 

Fresno State no longer requires masks to be worn indoors, but based on updated guidance from public health experts, the University highly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, wear a surgical grade or KN95 mask indoors. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be permitted, and there are no refunds or exchanges. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance, and it accepts cash, check, or credit card payments.

Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.

Friday, March 24, 2023

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