Monday, June 3, 2013

Fundraiser: The Pillowman by Martin McDonaugh, 7 Towers Theatre Company at the Dougherty Arts Center, July 12 - 28, 2013

Christina Gutierrez and Aaron Black ask for contributions through

to assist in raising $1500 for the

production of  
The Pillowman  
by Martin McDonaugh
featuring Travis Bedard
July 12 - 28, 2013
at the Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Rd. - click for map

The 7 Towers Theatre Company continues its second season with Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, the story of a writer who is suspected of a series of murders that seem to be based on his dark fairy tales. As the play unfolds, the writer tells a number of his stories as he is interrogated by two increasingly brutal and violent police officers. The Pillowman, set in an unidentified totalitarian police state, asks difficult questions about freedom of speech and expression, about the use of torture and force in police interrogations, and, perhaps most importantly, about the power of storytelling. 

Despite its violence, the play is darkly beautiful, ultimately arguing for the redemptive nature of the human spirit. We are beyond thrilled to partner with Austin-based visual artist Katie Rose Pipkin to bring the writer’s stories to life on stage. Katie Rose has created stunning characters and landscapes which transform the interrogation room in which the play takes place into a canvas for the writer’s imagination. 7 Towers’ collaboration with Katie Rose marks a new investment in visual storytelling and spectacle for the theatre company, and an opportunity to work within the vibrant visual arts community in Austin. 

Click here to go to the IndieGoGo page for further information and to contribute.

Your donations go directly toward paying for our space and paying our stunningly talented team. The Pillowman marks a shift from 7 Towers' previous focus on found and site-specific spaces, and we need your help to offset the cost of space rental. In addition, we've assembled a team of professional actors and designers whom we'd like to compensate for their commitment, artistry, and passion. 

That team includes Katy Billik (producer, costume design) of Chick and a Dude Productions, Derek Kollouri (set design) of Theatre en Bloc, Amy Lewis (lighting design) of The Loaded Gun Theory, and Amanda Gass (stage management) of Cambiare Productions, as well as well-known Austin actors Aaron Black, Travis Bedard, David J. Boss, and Stephen Price.

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