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Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane to premiere on Broadway

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Martin McDonagh’s latest stage work, A Behanding in Spokane, will have its World Premiere on the Broadway stage on March 4, 2010.

Billed as “a hilariously black comedy,” this will be the first play by McDonagh to start off its life on The Great White Way.

According to a press release from the show “[t]he title is just the starting point; take a man searching for his missing hand, two con artists out to make a few hundred bucks, and an overly curious hotel clerk, and the rest is up for grabs.” The play will have “an all-star cast of four,” which will be announced shortly, as will the specific Broadway venue the show will occupy. A Behanding in Spokane is McDonagh’s first play to be set in the United States.

It will be directed by John Crowley, who received a Tony nomination for his helming of the Broadway production of McDonagh’s The Pillowman, a show he also directed at the National Theatre in London. Crowley’s other London credits include Love Song, On an Average Day and Macbeth (West End), Tales From Hollywood, Juno and the Paycock, The Maids, How I Learned to Drive and Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse). His films include Is Anybody There?, Boy A and the television film of Harold Pinter’s “Celebration.”

He is currently directing the Broadway production of A Steady Rain, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, which is scheduled to open on September 29 of this year.

McDonagh’s plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, and the Lieutenant of Inishmore, of which received Tony Award nominations for Best Play. His works The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Skull in Connemara have appeared Off-Broadway. McDonagh received an Academy Award in 2006 for Best Live Action Short for his film Six Shooter and his most recent film, In Bruges, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

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