Thank you for the terrific, thoughtful, fair review. We appreciate your commitment to the local arts scene and making sure all voices are heard.
Our film composer, Oscar Robinson, is feeling like he was being blamed and thrown under the bus for his "cartoonish" depiction of the Pillowman in the film segment. As producer in charge of art direction (and costumer for the film), I need to take responsibility for the artistic flavor of the film.
In the story, as you know, the Pillowman has a very sad job: to find adults who are about to commit suicide, go back in time to before they started having terrible lives, and convince them that they should preemptively take their own lives, thus saving themselves the future pain. The Pillowman to us was a pitiable character, not a terrifying one. I asked Oscar to create a film that was sweet and suggestively disturbing, intentionally cutting away before we involved the children in anything graphic. With my own young children in the film, I certainly had a personal motive in protecting them and the other children's exposure to the darkness of the story. (My daughter's cheerfully oblivious repetition of "Goonight, Pillowman" before bed is enough to give any parent nightmares, no matter how friendly the Pillowman's face may be.) You give a fair critique that the film was much less creepy and macabre than it could have been and I accept that. I just want to make sure the blame for that goes to me instead of to Oscar.
Interestingly enough, Phil Lear's Pillowman poster was inspired by the face in SET's trailer, the same costume that was in the film segment.
The cool thing about theatre is that we can make choices that not everyone will agree with. That's okay, and that's...well, exciting! How boring would it be to all agree to make the same choices? Again, I would just like thank you most sincerely, Todd, for your support of the arts in Colorado Springs. I respect your honesty and enthusiasm in what you do.
--Sarah S. Shaver
Pillowman co-producer and Board Member-at-large at Springs Ensemble Theatre
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