August 5 - August 6 | 2023 Festival Stage
The Pillowman is part of the Main Stage Reading Series this summer.
They say life imitates art—but what happens when that art is horror? In a totalitarian dictatorship, young author Katurian is interrogated by the authorities after a string of child murders bears a striking resemblance to his grisly short stories. When his brother admits to the murders and implicates Katurian and their troubled childhood, more complicated questions arise—is it really possible to separate art from artist? Widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the last 25 years, The Pillowman is as dark as comedies get and is sure to keep audiences glued to the edge of their seats.
Saturday, August 5 at 3PM & 7PM
Sunday, August 6 at 3PM
$35 plus a $5 processing fee per ticket
Seating is general admission.
Program, casting, and COVID-19 protocols are subject to change.
Williamstown Theatre Festival does not typically offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person, but for information about any show, we encourage you to contact the Box Office at (413) 458-3253.
Main Stage Reading Series
The Pillowman is part of the 2023 Main Stage Reading Series. Get up close and personal with beloved Festival actors performing new and classic plays on our specially created intimate 2023 Festival Stage. Watch as the creative process unfolds before you and experience these works in exhilarating new ways.
2023 Festival Stage
This summer, experience the Festival in a new, uniquely created environment that puts us all—artists and audience—onstage in one intimate setting together. The 2023 Festival Stage, reimagined on the stage of the theater by designers Se Hyun Oh and Emily Schmit, is home to our inimitable WTF Cabaret and a new Main Stage Reading Series featuring popular plays and esteemed Festival artists. Join us onstage for conviviality, fun, and a season of celebration!
“We are placing both the audience and the performers on stage together, making the auditorium the backdrop for this season. This gives everyone a unique opportunity to reflect on inhabiting this space together as creatives and spectators alike – consider the past, contemplate the future. It is also important, of course, to acknowledge that being present in the same space together is always a precious thing. We want to cherish this moment of being together and encourage you to take the joy you experience this season back home with you.” — 2023 Festival Stage Designers Se Hyun Oh and Emily Schmit
A New BrainA New Brain
A Barrington Stage Company production in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Musical Direction by Vadim Feichtner
Directed by Joe Calarco
August 16 - September 9 | Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union St, Pittsfield, MA)
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