The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 12 – Nov. 5, 2006

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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The Pillowman is an exhilarating and vicious comedy-drama about a fiction writer (Steve Garland) in a totalitarian state who is interrogated when a number of bizarre incidents occurring in his town resemble the gruesome content of his short stories. When the writer’s mentally impaired brother (Paul Potenza) is also brought in for questioning by two officers (Ryan McCarthy and Matt Lunsford), the police procedural takes unforeseen twists and turns.

This thriller was one of London’s hottest tickets when it premiered in 2003 and carried the same dynamic to Broadway in a production starring Jeff Goldblum, Billy Crudup and Zeljko Ivanek. The play received the 2004 Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best New Play and went on to capture two Tony Awards (plus four more nominations), two Drama Desk Awards, an Outer Critic’s Circle Award and a Drama Critics Circle Award.

Jobsite arguably began their reputation with Tampa audiences early on with anarchic comedies and plays like Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil and Steven Dietz’s Dracula performed around Halloween. Jobsite parted ways with opening the season with a “Halloween show” in 2005-2006 when nothing of merit presented itself.

“We weren’t going to force a fit last year,” said Jobsite Artistic Director David Jenkins. “But this is a play we’d been waiting on to become available, and we were very lucky to get it so soon. We’re in good company, regional powerhouses like Chicago’s Steppenwolf are also producing the play this season. We’re chomping at the bit – this is going to be a dynamite start to our season.”

Other plays by Martin McDonagh include The Beauty Queen of Leenane (produced by Jobsite in 2003), The Cripple of Inishmaan and Tony nominees The Lonesome West and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His short film Six Shooter won a 2006 Academy Award.

This makes Wes Craven look like Mother Goose

(L-R) Matt Lunsford, Steve Garland and Ryan McCarthy in Jobsite's The Pillowman.


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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Erica Porch – Stage Manager


  • Davis Brown – Boy
  • Steve Garland – Katurian
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Mother
  • Molly Jacobson – Girl
  • Matt Lunsford – Tupolski
  • Ryan McCarthy – Ariel
  • Paul J. Potenza – Michal
  • Charles Wilcox – Father


  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Chris Holcom – Special Effects
  • John Lott – Light Design
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Design
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

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