Auditions open for Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’


Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for its production of “The Pillowman,” directed by Blake York. Auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 12 at Tacoma Little Theatre (210 N. I St., Tacoma). Audition appointments will be set 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 12. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Playwright McDonagh echoes the works of Tom Stoppard, Franz Kafka and the Brothers Grimm in this New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award-winning script. “The Pillowman” is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of Katurian, a fiction writer in an unnamed totalitarian state. Katurian and his brother Michael are brought in for questioning by two bulldog detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, when the content of his short stories — which involve disturbingly gruesome tales — begin to resemble real-life murders. “The Pillowman” weaves between reality and storytelling, and the result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

To audition, please prepare a contemporary monologue not to exceed two minutes. Part of the audition may include a cold reading. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. All roles are available: Katurian (male late 20s-mid 30s), Michael (late 20s-mid 30s), Tupolski (male or female mid 30s or older), Ariel (male or female mid 30s or older), mother (female, any age, non-speaking), father (any age, non-speaking), girl (age 8-13, non-speaking).

To reserve an audition time, e-mail, or call the box office at (253) 272-2281. Please provide: your name, phone number, email address, preferred audition time, and playable age. Bring a headshot and resume to your audition.

Once cast, “The Pillowman” will run from April 20 to May 6. For more, visit

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