October 3 18, 2014
The Pillowman
By Martin McDonagh
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.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Strong language and mature subject matter. May not be suitable for all audiences.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 8pm - PWYC PREVIEW
Friday, October 3, 2014 8pm - OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, October 4, 2014 8pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 8pm
Friday, October 10, 2014 8pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 8pm
Thursday, October 16, 2014 8pm
Friday, October 17, 2014 8pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014 8pm


Andrew Shanks (Ariel) is a Northwest actor and playwright, currently residing in the Seattle area. Receiving his BFA in performance theatre from Central Washington University, Shanks has performed and written original works for various fringe festivals and competitions across the region. He’d like to thank his family for their support, his coworkers for freeing up his nights, and Abby for being there for him every step of the way. This is Shanks’ first production with SSR

Jalyn Green (Michal) is getting paid to do this show and can't believe it.  This is Jalyn's sixth show with SecondStory having previously appeared in two productions of A Christmas Carol, Much Ado about Nothing, Born Yesterday, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  He has also worked with Book it Rep, Theatre Schmeater, Greenstage, Ghost Light Theatricals, Burien Actors Theatre, and Shakespeare Northwest among others.  Thanks to Mark, Jen, Alicia, and The Cheat.

Adam St. John (Katurian) is thrilled to be making his SecondStory Rep debut as Katurian. He's spent the last three years earning his MFA in Acting at Indiana University, where he taught, directed, and performed in multiple shows, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, King Lear, Cloud 9, and The Miracle Worker. He's also performed internationally at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and locally at the Mount Baker Theater in Bellingham. Adam would like to thank Alicia and Mark for trusting him with such an important role and Melissa and Stella for their constant love and support.

Brian Lange (Tupolski) is returning to SecondStory Rep after last appearing here just out of college 9 years ago in Man of La Mancha. In the last year Brian has worked with Village Theater (WATT?!?, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes) StageRIGHT (Floyd Collins, The Elephant Man) and Balagan Theater (Carrie, ThanksKilling, and Jerry Springer: The Opera). Thanks to Mark, Jen, and Alicia for letting me do a play! And love to Christine for letting me do anything and everything. 


Alicia Mendez (Director) is incredibly thankful to be directing The Pillowman.  This show is a dark and twisted dream come true, and she is excited to bring her vision to the stage. Alicia would like to thank the amazing cast that made her job so enjoyable. Alicia is not stranger to the SSR stage, this show will the 7th show she has worked either on stage as a performer or in a production role. When Alicia is not indulging her artistic side you can find her molding the minds of middle schoolers. A very special thanks goes out to Mark and Jen for giving her this opportunity.

Catrina Lee-Vroman (Stage Manager) is excited to be back with SecondStory Rep for Pillowman, one of her favorite plays.  She last worked on The Mystery of Irma Vep here at SSR and on Trust Me and Little Mermaid Jr. over at Village Kidstage.  She sends her love to Jon, and their “babies” Sophie and Nyx. 

Carmen Olmedo (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be costuming for SecondStory Rep once more. She'd like to thank her cast, fellow production team, friends, family, and absolutely stupendous boyfriend for all their support throughout this process. Previous credits include Alice's Anthem, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Jerry Springer the Opera.

The Squolf (Set, Light, & Sound Design) The Squolf is a small woodland creature (half squirrel, half wolf) that loves theater. The Squolf is awesome & mysterious. C’est la vie, c’est la Squolf!

THE PILLOWMAN was first presented by the National Theatre at the Cottesloe, London, directed by John Crowley, on November 13, 2003. The production was subsequently produced on Broadway by the National Theatre, Robert Boyett Theatricals LLC and RMJF Inc. in association with Boyett Ostar, Robert Fox, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie P. McClelland, Debra Black, Dede Harris / Morton Swinsky / Roy Furman / Jon Avnet in association with Joyce Schweickert, opening at the Booth Theatre, New York City, on April 10, 2005.



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