The Pil­low­man

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - The Pil­low­man, Voices, Amer­i­can

A man named Ka­turian writes 400 mostly un­pub­lished short sto­ries about mur­der­ing chil­dren and then, when lo­cal kids start get­ting killed in sim­i­lar ways, he and his slow-wit­ted brother are ques­tioned as sus­pects by po­lice in their fu­tur­is­tic to­tal­i­tar­ian state. His brother con­fesses and im­pli­cates him, but all Ka­turian wants is to save his sto­ries from de­struc­tion. Di­rected by Jeff Nell, a Tony Award-win­ning dystopian dark com­edy about sto­ry­telling writ­ten by Martin McDon­agh, opens with a pre­view on Thurs­day, July 21 ($15), at 7:30 p.m., at the Santa Fe Play­house (142 E. DeVar­gas St.). Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are Thurs­days, Fri­days, and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m., and Sun­days at 2 p.m., through Aug. 7. Tick­ets are $25 with dis­counts avail­able; ad­mis­sion to the Satur­day, July 23, gala per­for­mance is $30. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at www.santafe­play­ or by call­ing 505-988-4262. — J.L. Santa Fe Desert Cho­rale opens its sea­son at 8 p.m. on Tues­day, July 19, with a con­cert ti­tled

which the group de­scribes as “a pro­gram of Amer­i­can works through­out the span of his­tory.” The choir of­fers two world pre­mieres: “Re­flec­tions,” com­posed by Jake Runes­tad to texts by Henry David Thoreau, and “Song of the Sky Loom,” a set­ting of Tewa po­etry by Frank Ferko. Among other pieces on the pro­gram are com­po­si­tions by Mered­ith Monk, Ran­dall Thomp­son, and Charles Ives, as well as ar­range­ments of folk songs and spir­i­tu­als. Mu­sic direc­tor Joshua Haber­mann con­ducts and pi­anist De­bra Ay­ers serves as ac­com­pa­nist for this con­cert at Christ Church (1213 Don Gas­par Ave.). The pro­gram will be re­peated on July 29 and Aug. 4. Tick­ets ($10-$75) can be pur­chased by call­ing 505-988-2282 or through­ — James M. Keller

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