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Disturbingly Dark Comedy Opens Collin Theatre Center Season

Pictured are (from left) Kolby Tuck (Tupolski), Matthew Lancaster (Ariel) and Zachary Cantrell (Katurian)

The Collin Theatre Center's Production of The Pillowman runs Oct. 6-16 at the John Anthony Theatre. Pictured are (from left) Kolby Tuck (Tupolski), Matthew Lancaster (Ariel) and Zachary Cantrell (Katurian).

September 23, 2011 – The Collin Theatre Center begins its 2011-12 season with the dark comedy, The Pillowman, Thursday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 16, at the John Anthony Theatre.

The Pillowman, written by Martin McDonagh, is the viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.

The Pillowman opened on Broadway in 2005 to rave reviews. The production won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Foreign), Tonys for Best Lighting and Best Scenic Design of a Play and two Drama Desk Awards. Jeff Goldblum, who originated the role of Katurian, received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

McDonagh has been resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London, and has won numerous awards, including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and four Tony Awards for The Beauty Queen of Leenane when it opened on Broadway. His short film, Six Shooter, won an Academy Award. The Pillowman played in London and New York, winning the Olivier Award in London and a Tony nomination in New York. Other plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Tony nominees The Lonesome West and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His short film Six Shooter won a 2006 Academy Award.

According to director Brad Baker, McDonagh’s play is dark, humorous, human and wildly creative. “From the moment I left the theatre in New York, I knew that I had to direct this play one day,” Baker said.

Collin Theatre Center is presenting The Pillowman at 8 p.m., Oct. 6-8 and Oct 12-15, and at 2: 15 p.m., Oct. 9, 15 and 16. The John Anthony Theatre is located at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.

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