#ImaginariumMNL presents Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman
on September 28, 2014
Note from the festival director:
Where do I begin? First off, I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am that we’ve been granted the opportunity to perform this gripping play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh called “The Pillowman.” I first encountered the show in a random hangout I had with some of Manila’s most exciting composers. My cousin Jon Jon Vera Perez, and dear friends Rony Fortich, and Ejay Yatco hung out for jamming one afternoon, and Ejay told me about this exciting new play that he is so obsessed with. He emailed me the script but admittedly, I was never really able to give it a proper read. Flash forward to a few weeks later when I met with Sir Glenn Sevilla Mas over a possible partnership for a festival we were planning to organize that highlighted Theater of the Absurd as a theme. He again mentioned “The Pillowman” which tickled his fancy, and mine, and then emailed me a copy of the script. I decided to finally give it a read. That’s two people telling me it’s good. Wow, I was at loss for words – haunting, chilling, layers upon layers of neurosis and psychological paraesthesia. Lots of goosebump-worthy moments. The end of act two is an image that haunts. I told myself, this is something that Sandbox had to do – one way or another. Finally, I chanced upon director Ed Lacson Jr. (of Games People Play and Middle Finger) at a showing of Waiting for Godot which was part of the Dulaang Sipat Lawin graduating showcase. I saw him and “The Pillowman” immediately came to mind – we talked about possibly collaborating for the piece. He read it and was so excited about it – seems right up his alley given his penchant for gripping text and unconventional storytelling through expressionistic devices. We met at Games People Play, then at Pancake House in CCP, then at Starbucks, then at Middle Finger – and of course, dozens of text messages in between. Here we are, a month away from The Sandbox Collective’s first ever multi-arts festival of the absurd called The Imaginarium, and we’re proud to be doing a staged reading of this amazing theater of the absurd piece starring no less than some of the theater industry’s most respected actors – Audie Gemora, Robie Zialcita, Richard Cunanan, and Niccolo Manahan. Wow, a tour-de-force! All I can say is that I’m so excited and I seriously can’t wait to see this show come to life through these actors and Ed’s incredible vision. “The Pillowman” will have one performance at the Black Box Stage at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila as part of The Imaginarium (#ImaginariumMNL). Oct. 29, 930PM. It’s three hours with intermission. Very limited seating. For tickets, call 0917-8996680 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.