The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

By Martin McDonagh

Whereas nonetheless in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has stuffed homes in long island and London, been showered with the theatre world's such a lot prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences along with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and Kafka, his newest drama, The Pillowman, is the viciously humorous and heavily demanding story of a author in an unnamed totalitarian nation who's interrogated concerning the ugly content material of his brief tales and their similarities to a few child-murders taking place in his town.

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Hah! KATURIAN. I'll beat the shit out of ya ... MICHAL. Don't ... (Katurian hugs him. ) KATURIAN. Arrghh, Jesus, Michal! MICHAL. Sorry, Katurian. KATURIAN. It's alright. ) We'll be alright, Michal. We'll be alright. We'll get out of here. If we just stick together. MICHAL. Yeah. My arse is really itchy today. I don't know why. Have we got any of that powder left? KATURIAN. No, you used it all. Like it was going out of style. MICHAL. Mm. But we ain't going home for a while anyway, are we? KATURIAN.

ARIEL. Way overstepped the mark. TUPOLSKI. Hurry up and torture the prisoner, please, Ariel. We've got to shoot him in half an hour. ) KATURIAN. Where's your father now, Ariel? ARTEL. Do not say a word, Tupolski! Do not say a word! TUPOLSKI. I'm not saying a word. I'm reading his confession. I'm doing my job. Like I say. KATURIAN. Is he in prison? ARIEL. And you shut your mouth also, pervert. KATURIAN. Or you'll do what? Or you'll torture and execute me? ) Is he in prison? ARIEL. Shh shh shh, I'm trying to concentrate ...

That was easy. Well, y'know, in that case, there's probably a lot more of your stories you should burn too, 'cos some of 'em, and I'm not being funny or anything, but some of 'em are a bit sick, really. KATURIAN. Why don't we just burn all of them, Michal. It'd save a lot of time weeding out the sick ones from the not-sick ones. MICHAL. No, no, that'd be silly, burning all of them. No. Just the ones that are gonna make people go out and kill kids. And it wouldn't take long weeding out the ones that aren't gonna make people go out and kill kids, 'cos you've only got about two that aren't gonna make people go out and kill kids, haven't ya?

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