The Lieutenant of Inishmore, with D'Arcy James, Begins Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the American premiere of Martin McDonagh's Olivier Award-winning play, The Lieutenant of Inishmore will begin Tuesday, January 10th.  Presented by Atlantic Theater Company (336 W. 20th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues), by special arrangement with Randall L. Wreghitt, the third production of the Company's 20th Anniversary Season is directed by Wilson Milam, and will begin previews Wednesday, February 8, 2006 officially opening on Monday, February 27, 2006.  This is a limited engagement through Sunday, April 9.

brian d'Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success) will appear in the show alongside Kerry Condon, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Wilmot, all of whom appeared in the original British production. Also included in the play's cast are Jeff Binder, Andrew Connolly, Dashiell Eaves, and Peter Gerety. The Lieutenant of Inishmore will be directed by Wilson Milam, but the rest of the creative team has yet to be announced.

A "scorchingly black comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is set in 1993 in County Galway on the rocky island of Inishmore, off the coast of Ireland. Padraic is a terrorist with no feeling for those he blows up, but has an obsessive attachment to Thomas, his beloved cat. But someone has killed poor wee Thomas. Was it an accident or an execution? Either way, the death must be concealed before 'Mad Padraic' returns from a stint of torture and bombing. Otherwise the recriminations will be horrifying," according to production notes.

The play was first performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, from April 11, 2001 through October 12, 2001.  This production transferred to the Barbican Pit in London from December 20, 2001 through February 23, 2002, and moved to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End from June 21 through November 2, 2002.  The play is part of McDonagh's trilogy of Aran Island plays, which also include The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Banshees of InisheerThe Lieutenant of Inishmore won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and was nominated for the 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.

The show's scenic design is by Scott Pask (Tony Award for The Pillowman), with costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Michael Chybowski and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore will play Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  All tickets are $60.00 and are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 (Telecharge.com).

 Visit www.atlantictheater.org for more information.


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