Crowley to Direct McDonagh's Behanding on Broadway in 2010 | Playbill

News Crowley to Direct McDonagh's Behanding on Broadway in 2010
Martin McDonagh's new dark comedy, A Behanding in Spokane, will get its world premiere on Broadway in March 2010.
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Opening night at a theatre to be announced will be March 4, 2010, following previews that begin on a date to be announced, a spokesperson confirmed on Aug. 11. Tony Award nominee John Crowley (The Pillowman) will direct and Robert Fox will produce the new work by the Irish playwright whose plays include The Pillowman, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan and more. This will be McDonagh's first play to originate on Broadway.

Here's how the play is billed: "The 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. A Behanding in Spokane is Martin McDonagh's hilariously black comedy, a world premiere which marks McDonagh's first American-set play."

An all-star cast of four will be announced shortly.

McDonagh's plays include Broadway's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman (directed by John Crowley) and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, all of which received Tony Award nominations for Best Play; and Off-Broadway's The Cripple of Inishmaan. He received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2006 for his film "Six Shooter." His most recent film, "In Bruges," received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Crowley received a Tony Award nomination for his direction of The Pillowman, which he also directed at the National Theatre in London. 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 Pinters Celebration. Director Crowley will also direct A Steady Rain on Broadway this fall. Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig star. *

Atlantic Theater Company presented an acclaimed extended new production of McDonagh's dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan in 2008-09.

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