Directed by Omnium Gatherum's Will Frears, McDonagh's dark tale will play the New Jersey theatre Feb. 21-March 19. The cast will feature Scott Ferrara as Katurian, Daniel Oreskes as Ariel, Lee Sellars as Tupolski, Michael Mastro as Michal and Lina Kaminsky as Mother. Kayla Nicolle Bolger and Elizabeth Plevy and Robert Logan Kopp and Loren Matilski will alternate in the roles of, respectively, the Girl and Boy. The role of Father has yet to be cast.
The creative team for the New Jersey premiere of The Pillowman comprises Sandra Goldmark (set designer), Anne Kenney (costume designer), Paul Whitaker (lighting designer), Christopher J. Bailey (sound designer), Michael Friedman (composer) and J. Allen Suddeth (fight coordinator).
The Pillowman, according to press notes, “opens with the fiction writer Katurian being interrogated about crimes in his community that mirror the crimes in his short stories. As the detectives perfect their good cop/bad cop routine, all the while holding Katurian's brother in custody, they and the audience enter into the darkly funny and brutal world of the writer's imagination.”
The Broadway run of The Pillowman began March 21, 2005 and officially opened April 10, playing 23 previews and 208 regular performances before closing Sept. 18. The company - under the direction of John Crowley - featured Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum, Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The Pillowman, which is “recommended for mature audiences who may not be easily offended,” will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM. Tickets, priced $28-$58, are available by calling (732) 246-7717 or by visiting www.GSPonline.org. The George Street Playhouse is located in New Brunswick, NJ at 9 Livingston Avenue.