What Does a Serial Killer Think?

That’s the question Owen O’Neill asks in Absolution

by Josh Kurp   |   Sep 9, 2010

What Does a Serial Killer Think?

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What does a serial killer think when he’s, well, killing? Does he think he’s doing an act from God? Or is he just full of hate and thinks murder is the only way to appease this hatred? These are the kinds of questions Owen O’Neill asks in Absolution, now being performed at 59E59 Theaters as part of the first Irish Festival.

Absolution is written and performed by the Perrier Award-winning O’Neill and directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose other credits include The Gentleman’s Tea-Drinking Society and Much Ado about Nothing. The play premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great acclaim, with Philip Fisher of the British Theatre Guide writing, “Absolution held every member of a packed house enthralled and eager to hear what happens next to an unnamed protagonist.”

Performances of Absolution begin today, September 9, and run through October 3. Tickets cost $25 ($17.50 for members) and can be purchased here. Performances are Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.