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Coming Soon: Spring Ensemble Closes Season with ‘Pillowman’


Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) closes its 2012 season with the pitch-black comedy The Pillowman, opening October 11th and running through October 28th.Written by Martin McDonagh, author of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, In Bruges and A Skull in Connemara, The Pillowman is the 2004 Olivier Award Winner and a 2005 Tony Award Nominee for Best New Play.

With echoes of Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Grimm and the Cohen Brothers, The Pillowman tells the story of a writer, Katurian, who is being held in custody by two detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, in an unnamed totalitarian state. He is wanted for questioning in connection to a series of horrific child murders that happen to resemble the events of several of his stories. Unbeknownst to him, his mentally challenged brother Michal has also been taken into custody, and both their lives as well as Katurian’s legacy hang in the balance. In The Pillowman, McDonagh plays relentlessly with the audience’s perception of fact and fiction and the responsibility of the artist for his creation. Early in his interrogation, Katurian is asked, “It isn’t a crime, you tell a story?” By weaving Katurian’s dark prose into the events of the play, McDonagh shocks the viewer into grappling with this question, as well as with the relationship between creativity and violence.

SET’s production of The Pillowman is directed by Max Ferguson and co-produced by Ferguson, Sarah S. Shaver and Lisa Siebert, all members of SET. The production features a conceptual set designed by local scenic painter and SET member June Barfield, with additional theatrical elements created by prominent local artists which depict Katurian’s stories. Graphic novel artist Langdon Foss, who has earned a national following from his recent collaboration with Anthony Bourdain for Get Jiro!, made original ink drawing projections. Local filmmaker Oscar Robinson shot an original film element as well as the trailer (see YouTube link below*). Favorite local artist Phil Lear designed the poster and will be presenting a lobby display of his work including new paintings inspired by The Pillowman. Victorian shadow puppets also appear in the production and are designed by SET member Jillmarie Peterson.

The Pillowman contains graphic material and is intended for mature audiences.

All performances of The Pillowman will be performed at Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909.

Performances dates are: October 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m., October 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at 4:00 p.m., October 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m., October 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are $15.00 cash or check at the door or you can pay via credit card on SET’s website, http://www.springsensembletheatre.org. $10.00 student RUSH tickets are available for every performance with valid ID and cash or check at the door 5 minutes before the performance. Reservations cannot be made for student rush tickets.

For more information or to make ticket reservations, please call SET’s box office line at (719) 357-3080 or email springsensembletheatre@gmail.com.

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