This is Martin McDonagh, an Irish playwright and movie director ("In Bruges"). Kristin and I just saw his play, "The Pillowman," at Redtwist Theatre in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.
The play is a violent drama told with dark humor and, according to Redtwist's Web site, "a vicious whirlpool of dazzling storytelling at the hysterical edge of creepy and encroaching, despair and doom."
I plan to talk about it more in a future post about storytelling, but for now I just wanted to put this up on my blog so I can go to bed. My Year in Music will be continued tomorrow.
Here's a video showing some rehearsal footage of the play.