Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Pillowman returns to NYC in Astoria

Did you miss The Pillowman on Broadway? Want to experience it again? This "energizing...unsettling...exhilarating" (New York Times) and topically controversial play is not often produced. Experience "McDonagh's least forgiving, bravest play." (Variety) first hand in an intimate setting, at the Astoria Performing Arts Center production starting Thursday, November 5th.

As Taryn Drongowski, Executive Director, states, "We've purposefully chosen a challenging script. Winner the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony awards for production, The Pillowman is a dark comedy. Why The Pillowman--for us, it’s an opportunity to grow as a theater, and to tell a different kind of story. But for other audience members, The Pillowman will be the most exciting show they’ve ever seen at APAC."


Starring Avery Clark* (Off'-Broadway's Coronado) as Katurian, Seth Duerr* (The Acting Company: Moby Dick, Rehearsed; The Public Theatre: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth) as Tupolski, Richard D. Busser ("Hal" in APAC's Proof) as Ariel, Nathan Brisby ("JP Morgan" in APAC's Ragtime, "Uncle Ernie" in The Gallery Player's The Who's Tommy, Finalist in this year's NYMF Next Broadway Sensation contest) as Michal, Justin Herfel* (The Gallery Players: The Underpants, Man of La Mancha) as Father, Karen Stanion* (Fringe NYC: And Sophie Comes Too, NY IT Award Nominee for The Palooka) as Mother, Anthony Pierini ("Tommy Age 4" in The Who's Tommy, The Gallery Players) as Boy, and Jordan Bloom ("Little Girl" in APAC's Ragtime) as Girl. (
*Performing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.)

Directed by TOM WOJTUNIK

When: NOVEMBER 5 – NOVEMBER 21, 2009
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road
Directions to the theatre: Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Available online at or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to showtime.

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman is a dark comedy about the interrogation of a fiction writer, in an unnamed totalitarian state, whose gruesome short stories have eerie similarities to local horrific child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

The production features set design by Stephen K. Dobay, costume design by Emily Morgan DeAngelis, and lighting design TBD. Kristyn R. Smith is the sound designer, Ryan Homsey is the composer, Ryan Kasprzak is the fight director, Ashlee Springer is the props designer, Rebecca Lewis-Whitson is the assistant director, Katie Courtien is the dramaturg and Paul Brewster is the stage manager.

Running Time: 155 minutes


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