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GMU PLAYERS PRESENTS MARTIN MCDONAGH'S "THE PILLOWMAN"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S
THEATER DEPARTMENT & GMU PLAYERS
BY MARTIN MCDONAGH
DIRECTED BY PHILIP DALLMANN
George Mason University’s Black Box
Nov. 20-22, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Nov. 22-23, 2008 at 2 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 12, 2008 – The GMU Players bring Martin McDonagh’s “especially dark” black comedy “The Pillowman” to the stage this fall. The play will be performed at Black Box in the Performing Arts Building on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus on Nov. 20-22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. Please note that the content of this play has the potential to be disturbing, is highly graphic and is not appropriate for children.
Set in an unnamed totalitarian state, “The Pillowman” tells the tale of Katurian, an author of fiction who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The play examines the artist’s responsibility to society – an issue that has arisen recently with controversial artists whose works who have provoked public debate, such as Marilyn Manson, Quentin Tarantino and Judas Priest.
“The Pillowman” world premiered in 2003 at London’s Royal National Theatre. In 2005, the play opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre starring Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum, Željko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg. The New York Times said “[‘The Pillowman’] dazzles with a brightness now largely absent from Broadway.” “The Pillowman” received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, and Evening Standard Award, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations.
Playwright Martin McDonagh was born in Camberwell, London to Irish parents. McDonagh became acquainted with the dialect of western Ireland after spending summers in Galway. His plays are inspired by the work of Irish playwright John Millington Synge, as well as the modern drama of Harold Pinter and David Mamet, and British television comedies. He is the author of “The Leenane Trilogy,” which includes “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “A Skull in Connemara” and “The Lonesome West”; and “The Aran Islands Trilogy,” which includes “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and “The Banshees of Inisheer.” He has also written two prize-winning radio plays, “The Tale of the Wolf” and “The Woodcutter.” In March 2006, he won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for "Six Shooter," which he wrote and directed. In January 2008, "In Bruges," a film McDonagh wrote and directed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, a dark comedy about two hired hit men hiding out in the Belgian port city after a job gone wrong, starred Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson, and was released in theaters in February 2008 by Focus Features.
The GMU Players is a dynamic faculty-directed student organization within the Theater Department. The Mainstage Series provides students the opportunity to work directly with Mason theater faculty and guest artists, while the Studio Series is selected, directed and designed by students. The GMU Players produce eight productions each season. Director Philip Dallmann is a junior theater major. This is his directing debut with the GMU Players. He recently performed the role of “CB” in the GMU Players production of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.”
Tickets are $6. ($3 For students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff)
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The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.