New McDonagh Play, A Behanding in Spokane, Set in Small-town America

News   New McDonagh Play, A Behanding in Spokane, Set in Small-town America Playwright Martin McDonagh, who was nominated for an Academy Award earlier this week for his "In Bruges" screenplay, has penned a new play that is — surprisingly — not set in Ireland.
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The New York Times reports that McDonagh — whose Broadway outings include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, The Lonesome West and The Beauty Queen of Leenane — has written a play set in small-town America.

Entitled A Behanding in Spokane, the new work features a four-person cast, including a missing-limbed man in his forties. About the play McDonagh told the Times, "It's brand new. . . . It's still under wraps but it should be for the next season." The playwright declined to say where the play would make its debut.

Atlantic Theater Company is currently presenting an acclaimed new production of McDonagh's dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan through March 1.