The Pillowman

In Martin McDonagh’s intense thriller, a writer is interrogated after a series of recent and grisly child murders resemble events in his stories.

Katurian Katurian, a writer of grisly short stories often showing violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to his execution but attempts to save his stories from destruction. The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical "The Writer and the Writer's Brother", which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents.

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  • Playwright
    Martin McDonagh
  • Composer
    Paddy Cunneen
  • Director
    John Crowley
  • Scenic Design/Costume Design
    Scott Pask
  • Lighting Design
    Brian MacDevitt
  • Sound Design
    Paul Arditti
  • Make-up Design
    Angelina Avallone
  • Associate Scenic Design
    Orit Jacoby Carroll
  • Associate Scenic Design
    Nancy Thun
  • Associate Costume Design
    Brian Russman
  • Associate Lighting Design
    Jason Lyons
  • Associate Sound Design
    Christopher Cronin
  • Assistant Director
    Todd Lundquist
  • Assistant Scenic Design
    Tobin Ost
  • Assistant Lighting Design
    Rachel Elchorn


  • Katurian
    Billy Crudup
  • Tupolski
    Jeff Goldblum
  • Ariel
    Željko Ivanek
  • Michal
    Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Father, Ariel (Standby), Tupolski (Standby)
    Ted Koch
  • Mother
    Virginia Louise Smith
  • Boy
    Jesse Shane Bronstein
  • Girl
    Madeleine Martin
  • Michal (Standby), Katurian (Standby, Father (Stand
    Rick Holmes
  • Mother (Standby)
    Kate Gleason
  • Girl (Standby), Boy (Standby)
    Colby Minifie

Show Information

  • Preview Date
    March 19, 2005
  • Opening Date
    April 8, 2005
  • Closing Date
    September 16, 2005
  • Location
    The Booth Theatre
    222 West 45th Street
    New York, NY
  • Drama Desk Award
    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Michael Stuhlbarg (Winner)
    Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Jeff Goldblum (Nominee)
    Outstanding Play - Martin McDonagh (Nominee)
    Outstanding Sound Design - Paul Arditti (Winner)
  • Drama League Award
    Distinguished Production of a Play (Nominee)
  • Tony Award®
    Actor in a Play - Billy Crudup (Nominee)
    Direction of a Play - John Crowley (Nominee)
    Featured Actor in a Play - Michael Stuhlbarg (Nominee)
    Lighting Design of a Play - Brian MacDevitt (Winner)
    Best Play (Nominee)
    Scenic Design of a Play - Scott Pask (Winner)


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