Monday, March 29, 2021

Live on Stage: THE PILLOWMAN

by Martin McDonagh

WHEN: March 11 through April 3, Thursday through Sunday at 8pm (with select holiday blackout dates). 
Black Box Performing Arts Center is located at 49 E Palisade Ave, Englewood
$40 for adults and $35 for students/seniors.
Tickets can be purchased at

One of the Tri-State area's only open theaters, The Black Box PAC is located in Englewood, NJ - right over the George Washington Bridge. Following this past November's successful re-opening run of Edward Albee’s critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf - performed in accordance with health guidelines to keep both audiences and performers safe. Like ...Virginia Woolf, The Pillowman was chosen for a group of close-knit actors. 

The intimate show is perfect for BBPAC’s professional Repertory Company, as the small set allows the actors to be distanced from the audience. 

The theater’s set up also allows for safety, as the front and back doors will be open during performances to allow for airflow, and the flexible seating allows for spacing between the audience and the actors. Masks are required by all audience members. Attendees will also be asked to fill out a COVID screening form for contact tracing purposes. Operating at limited capacity with only a select number of seats available, patrons are strongly encouraged to order tickets ahead of time to guarantee admission.

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. (Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) 

“McDonagh’s least forgiving, bravest play.” —Variety

“A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.” —Financial Times

“Energizing…a blindingly bright black comedy…[what makes] the unsettling and exhilarating new play from Mr. McDonagh…so gripping as theater is how narrative art becomes the play’s and the character’s very life blood.” — NY Times.