Ensemble Theatre Of Chattanooga Presents The Pillowman Feb. 8-24

Friday, January 25, 2013
Joseph Tipton flies in a writing rage as Katurian Katurian.
Joseph Tipton flies in a writing rage as Katurian Katurian.
- photo by Clayton Powers

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present Martin McDonagh's black comedy The Pillowman as the second production in their 2013 season. The production runs Feb. 8-24. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the theatre's space inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road.

The Pillowman focuses on the story of Katurian Katurian, a writer living in an unnamed totalitarian state. In an interrogation room, the audience learns of a series of child murders that bear a striking resemblance to some of Katurian's stories. The scenes that follow form a bold piece of theatre that highlights the power of the mind and calls into question the nature and purpose of art. 

"It's a fascinating theoretical approach to what I think is one of the basic facets of human existence: imagination," says director Garry Lee Posey. "An apparent theme is the subjugation of the imagination and what it means to live in a world void of it or to be governed in a world afraid of it."

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. They can be purchased online at http://www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by phone at 987-5141, or at the door beginning one hour before each performance. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Free parking is available at Eastgate Town Center.

ETC's production of The Pillowman is directed by Garry Lee Posey. Cast members include Joseph Tipton, Eric "Red" Wyatt, Jordan Guess, Cody Keown, Davricia Hughes, and Chelsea Christian. Marcia Parks is the stage manager.
Cody Keown (left) and Joseph Tipton (right) rehearse an interrogation scene in The Pillowman.
Cody Keown (left) and Joseph Tipton (right) rehearse an interrogation scene in The Pillowman.
- Photo2 by Clayton Powers

A Night To Remember Announces Entertainers For 2015 Gala

A Night to Remember (NTR) has announced this year’s entertainment for the 2015 Gala. Headlining this year’s event will be Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter Ledisi with special guests, singer Leela James and Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter Raheem DeVaughn. Starting off the evening of wonderful entertainment will be singer Leela James. For Ms. James, it’s always been about ... (click for more)

Friday Night Comedy Improv At Chattanooga State During February

Friday Night Comedy Improv will be held Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, 4501 Amnicola Hwy.  Admission is free.  Comedy improvisation returns to Chattanooga State with second year students of the Professional Actor Training Program, joined by faculty and staff.  The scenes are improvised from audience suggestions. ... (click for more)

Girl, 12, Stabs Boy, 13, Twice At Lookout Valley Middle High School

A female student stabbed a male student twice at Lookout Valley Middle High School on Thursday morning. It happened in a middle school classroom. Sheriff Jim Hammond the students are seventh graders.The girl is 12 and the boy 13. He  said the boy was taken by ambulance and went into surgery after the mid-morning stabbing.  He said the boy received a superficial ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Officer Who Fired At Vehicle That Backed Toward Him; Attorney Vows To Fight To Reverse Decision

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed - And Response

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)