Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, Nov. 18-21, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.

The play, directed by Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre, is a graphic murder mystery told by a short-story author who reveals, through his writing, chilling details of a series of child murders.

Quintero met the playwright last summer and selected the “Grimmsian fairy tale for the 21st century” for its “dark, poetic and visual qualities.” The set design for the production encloses the audience in a police interrogation room, “in an attempt to make the world of the play more immediate and inescapable,” Quintero said. The production’s subject matter is considered not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the Nov. 18, 19, and 20 performances and 2 p.m. for the Sun., Nov. 21 performance. Tickets are required for this free event and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts ticket office beginning Nov. 15 from 12-5 p.m. daily. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.