"Energizing …[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating new play from Mr. McDonagh…so gripping as theater is how narrative art becomes the play's and the character's very life blood." —NY Times.
"[McDonagh is] a dangerously prodigious master of theatrical form with a talent that goes far deeper than most people understand…The Pillowman [is] thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating." —Chicago Tribune.
"McDonagh's least forgiving, bravest play." —Variety.
"A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity." —Financial Times.
A blindingly bright black comedy—NY Times
JORDAN BLOOM NATHAN BRISBY RICHARD D. BUSSER
AVERY CLARK* SETH DUERR* JUSTIN HERFEL*
ANTHONY PIERINI KAREN STANION*
*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.
Directed by TOM WOJTUNIK
THREE-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
NOVEMBER 5 – NOVEMBER 21, 2009 AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OPENING NIGHT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 8 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT APACNY.ORG
Astoria Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce their production of the 2005 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, directed by Tom Wojtunik. The Pillowman will play a 3-week limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 5 and continue through Saturday, November 21. Opening Night is Saturday, November 7 (8 p.m.).
Press are cordially invited to attend Thursday, November 5, Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. (Unofficial press dates will be accommodated, upon request.)
With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman is a dark comedy about the interrogation of a fiction writer, in an unnamed totalitarian state, whose gruesome short stories have eerie similarities to local horrific child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
The Pillowman stars Avery Clark* (Off'-Broadway's Coronado) as Katurian, Seth Duerr* (The Acting Company: Moby Dick, Rehearsed; The Public Theatre: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth) as Tupolski, Richard D. Busser ("Hal" in APAC's Proof) as Ariel, Nathan Brisby ("JP Morgan" in APAC's Ragtime, "Uncle Ernie" in The Gallery Player's The Who's Tommy, Finalist in this year's NYMF Next Broadway Sensation contest) as Michal, Justin Herfel* (The Gallery Players: The Underpants, Man of La Mancha) as Father, Karen Stanion* (Fringe NYC: And Sophie Comes Too, NY IT Award Nominee for The Palooka) as Mother, Anthony Pierini ("Tommy Age 4" in The Who's Tommy, The Gallery Players) as Boy, and Jordan Bloom ("Little Girl" in APAC's Ragtime) as Girl.
The production features set design by Stephen K. Dobay, costume design by Emily Morgan DeAngelis, and lighting design TBD. Kristyn R. Smith is the sound designer, Ryan Homsey is the composer, Ryan Kasprzak is the fight director, Ashlee Springer is the props designer, Rebecca Lewis-Whitson is the assistant director, Katie Courtien is the dramaturg and Paul Brewster is the stage manager.
The Pillowman plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, November 21:
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Directions to the theatre: Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.
Running Time: 155 minutes
Martin McDonagh (Playwright) wrote and directed the feature film In Bruges, and Six Shooter, which in 2006 earned him the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film. As a playwright, Mr. McDonagh has twice won the Olivier Award — for The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore — and been nominated for the Tony Award four times. His other plays include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The latter was the first of his plays to be produced, at Galway's Druid Theatre and London's Royal Court Theatre. Born in London to Irish parents, Mr. McDonagh's works have been translated and staged in 41 countries to date. His play A Behanding in Spokane will premiere on Broadway this spring.
Tom Wojtunik (Director) APAC: Artistic Director, Ragtime (NY IT Award Nomination for Outstanding Musical), Proof, Woyzeck: Homecoming (reading). Other NY credits: The Play About the Naked Guy, Edenville (NY IT Award Nom. for Oustanding Director, Emerging Artists Theatre); The Miss Education of Jenna Bush (FringeNYC, Best Solo Show & Audience Favorite); The Who’s Tommy (NY IT Award Nom. for Outstanding Musical), Man of La Mancha, Six Degrees of Separation, Urinetown (NY IT Award Winner, Outstanding Musical), Take Me Out (Gallery Players); I'm In Love With Your Wife (Midtown International Theatre Festival); The Good Thief and Rum and Vodka (Prospect St). Tom was a Resident Director for the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where directed workshops of Bella Via and David’s Play. Tom is a member of EAT and the LCT Directors’ Lab. BFA: Marymount Manhattan College. SSDC Member. UPCOMING: Bright Lights, Big City (MMC), Children of Eden (APAC).
ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC) is dedicated to providing high quality theatre and entertainment at an affordable cost for the Astoria/LIC communities and to supporting local youth. APAC is a not-for-profit arts organization that couples professional theatre programming with community outreach efforts. Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians and interns together to produce major musicals, classical, and modern plays. Committed to bringing new voices to visibility in New York theatre, APAC has held 3 playwriting contests, and produced two staged readings.
APAC encourages the youth and seniors involved in their programs to participate in the main-stage work: as interns, volunteers, or performers. APAC strives to create innovative and engaging work on par with the most established and accomplished Off-Broadway New York theatre companies. APAC has been honored with awards from the Off-Off Broadway Review and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. APAC is committed to keeping the work accessible: the programming is varied in order to cultivate a broad audience, produced regularly each season, and affordable so that theater-going can become a habit--not just a rare treat--for the people who see APAC's shows. For more information about APAC, including a downloadable media kit, visit www.apacny.org.
APAC’s production of The Pillowman is sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Thursdays at 8pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm
Duration: 155 minutes
Theater: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Address: 30-44 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11102
Cost:$15 in advance, $18 at the door
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Theatre Box Office at 866-811-4111