THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh (Jim Lichtscheidl, Luverne Seifert and Chris Carlson, photo by Tony Nelson)
Veering from the macabre to the hysterical, this viciously funny and disturbingly gruesome thriller centers on a writer in a totalitarian state who is brought in for questioning when the plot lines of his stories bear an uncanny similarity to real-life crimes that have been committed in the community. Intertwining family secrets with the irrepressible power of storytelling and imagination, Martin McDonagh’s THE PILLOWMAN takes on some of today’s most potent issues – from censorship and the power of the state, to freedom of speech and the rights of the individual—all wrapped in a testament to the power of the imagination.
A stellar cast including Jim Lichtscheidl, Grant Richey, Luverne Seifert, Chris Carlson, Patrick Bailey, Maria Asp, and Kai Russell performed Frank’s production of THE PILLOWMAN at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. The production was directed by Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox, with scenery design by Joel Sass, costumes by Kathy Kohl, lighting by Mike Kittel, and sound by Michael Croswell. The production was stage managed by Spencer Putney with help from Katie Burger.
"taut, well-acted" – Mspmag.com
"an excellent opportunity to see why Knox is one of the most versatile, interesting directors around" - Mspmag.com
"great performances" - howwastheshow.com
"exhilarating" - howwastheshow.com
"glittering performances" - Pioneer Press