Beauty Queen Tony Winner Garry Hynes in Talks to Direct Sixteen Wounded on Broadway

News   Beauty Queen Tony Winner Garry Hynes in Talks to Direct Sixteen Wounded on Broadway
Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) is in negotiations to direct the upcoming Broadway staging of Eliam Kraiem's play Sixteen Wounded in the spring.

The play which was last seen at the Long Wharf Theatre with Academy Award-winner Martin Landau was developed as part of the Mentor Season series at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Set in modern-day Holland, Sixteen Wounded traces the unlikely friendship between a Jewish baker and his young Palestinian apprentice. The stagework is the first play by the rising scribe Kraiem.

Hynes made history in 1998 as the very first female director to garner a Tony Award for Direction — for her staging of The Beauty Queen of Leenane — albeit mere moments before Julie Taymor became the first woman to win for Best Direction of a Musical for The Lion King. She followed up her success with another nomination for her work on The Lonesome West in 1999.

Landau headed up the cast of the New Haven, Connecticut staging under the direction of Matt August. Omar Metwally, Mia Barron, Gretchen Becker, Ed Setrakian, Jimi Egan, Bret A. Haines, Rebecka Jones and Ryan Evans Kessler also appeared. No word on whether Landau will reprise his role for the Broadway run.

Landau, who won his Oscar for portraying Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood," most recently appeared on the silver screen in "The Majestic" opposite Jim Carrey. When he was in his twenties, Landau studied with Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio, going on to perform on Broadway in Goat Song, Stalag 17, First Love, The Penguin and Middle of the Night. His performance in the latter's national tour led to a Hollywood career, which has included the films "North by Northwest," "The Greatest Story Every Told," "Cleopatra," "Tucker: A Man and His Dream" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and TV's "Mission: Impossible."

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