Scary Stories of the Adult Kind in The Pillowman at Out of Box Theatre

Ariel (Daviorr Snipes) grills Tupolski (Ian Gaenssley) over the gruesome contents of the box.

Ariel (Daviorr Snipes) grills Tupolski (Ian Gaenssley) over the gruesome contents of the box.

What happens when you combine “American Horror Story” with “Fargo?” You get one creepy, funny play.  As The Pillowman demonstrates, playwright Martin McDonagh can manage creepiness as well as anyone.  Add a good helping of black humor and you have a spellbinding stunner of a play.

Out of Box Theatre brings The Pillowman to their stage just in time for the scariest time of year. Set largely in an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, The Pillowman follows fiction writer Katurian as he is questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Since only one of his stories has been published, he is the prime suspect. This brilliant work about storytelling and its implications won McDonagh two Tony Awards, the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2005 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play.

Director Zip Rampy brings the horror to stage with the talents of Ian Gaenssley, Aaron Strand, Davior Snipes and Aaron Sedrick Goodson.  To assist with bringing the intensity to the stage, Out of Box brought in fight choreographer John Evenden, whose work you last saw in Zorro at the Alliance.  And to continue the commitment to using original works by local artists, original musical underscoring has been written by M. Kathryn Allen. Out of Box Theatre’s small space has been configured once again to bring the action even closer to the audience.  With only 50 seats available for each performance, the audience will have a chance to experience the play in a new and more thrilling way.

One important thing to know is that this production is not for children. The Pillowman includes strong adult language and situations: severed fingers and heads, electric drills, barbed wire and premature burial all figure prominently

The Pillowman runs October 24 – November 8, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM. Out of Box Theatre is located in the Artisan Resource Center at 585 Cobb Pkwy S, Marietta, 30060. Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased online at or by calling 678-653-4605.