Contemporary American Theatre Company opens its 2007-2008 season with Martin McDonagh's controversial "The Pillowman," currently running through Oct. 28 at the Riffe Center's Studio One Theatre. How controversial is it? Artistic directoer Geoffrey Nelson sent the following letter to subscribers:

Dear subscriber: On October 7th, CATCO will launch its 24th season with a bang. Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman won the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Play in London in 2004, earned rave reviews on Broadway (“a spellbinding stunner” – New York Times) and has been produced by many, many theatres all over the world. And now it’s coming to Central Ohio! Here’s the story: In an unnamed police state, a series of horrendous crimes has been committed. Suspicion falls on an obscure, aspiring writer. But how are his short stories connected to the crimes? And what, exactly, are the crimes? The Pillowman is a black comedy/thriller -- simultaneously funny and shocking, articulate and moving, scary and provocative. There are many twists and turns -- things are often not what they seem. Along the way, The Pillowman raises fascinating questions about art, power, personal responsibility, parenting and the impact of the written word. The Pillowman is the most exciting play I have seen in over a decade, but I realize it is not for everybody. There is strong language, violence and gallows humor. (One critic described the play as a cross between the Brothers Grimm and Quentin Tarantino.) It is not recommended for children. And if you feel The Pillowman is not for you, we would be happy to exchange your tickets for another show this season. Just call the box office. Either way, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the theatre! Sincerely, Geoffrey Nelson, Artistic Director