The curtain rises at the Boardmore Theatre when The Pillowman takes the stage, opening on January 27. Written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Rod Nicholls, this award-winning work runs until February 1. A black comedy similar to the style of movie director Quentin Tarentino, this contemporary masterpiece may not be suitable for all audiences.
The Pillowman is both a paranoid whodunit and a horrifying mélange of fairy tales. It’s also very funny, but “comedies don’t come any blacker than this spellbinding stunner of a play” (New York Times).
“It's been wonderful experience working with an A-list of Cape Breton actors like Mike McPhee, Gary Walsh, Todd Hiscock and Aaron Corbett on The Pillowman, a theatrical fairytale for adults who wish they could still pull the blankets over their head and say ‘Daddy, Daddy, please frighten me’," says Nicholls.
In addition to the production, on January 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the Co-operative Study Club, New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, the Boardmore Theatre is also hosting Let’s Talk About It. The public is invited to join CBU faculty for a series of short talks and to participate in an open discussion about the political, artistic, and ethical context of the play. This event is free, all are welcome, and a ticket to the play will be given to attendees.
Let’s Talk About It Discussions
- Art and Politics (Dr. Andrew Molloy)
- The Marvelous Macabre: A Defense of Death and Violence in Children's Entertainment (Dr. Sheila Christie)
- Laughing and Crying through Indigenous Literature (Dr. Dana Mount)
- Violence and Role Models: What is the Ethical Responsibility of Artists? (Dr. Rod Nicholls)
Show tickets are available at the CBU Playhouse Box Office, Monday to Friday from 1-5 p.m. and one hour before show time. The box office will open one week prior to performance and during the week of the production. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students and seniors; and $8 CBU students. The show runs January 27(PWYC) – 31 at 7 p.m. and February 1 at 2 p.m.
For more information visit www.cbu.ca/boardmore