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

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