Casting Announced For 'The Lieutenant Of Inishmore' At Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director), by special arrangement with Randall L. Wreghitt, is proud to announce casting for the third production of the Company's 20th Anniversary Season.  The American premiere of Martin McDonagh's Olivier Award-winning play, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, directed by Wilson Milam, will begin previews Wednesday, February 8, 2006 and officially open on Monday, February 27, 2006.  This is a limited engagement through Sunday, April 9.

Martin McDonagh's 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.

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE will feature Jeff Binder as James (The Lion King and Side Man on Broadway), Kerry Condon as Mairead (Lieutenant of Inishmore at RSC at Stratford and the Barbican Pit in London; The Lonesome West at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; HBO's "Rome"), Andrew Connolly as Christy (CBS movie-of-the-week "Celtic Riddle," HBO's Vendetta), Dashiell Eaves as Joey (James Joyce's The Dead and The Sound of Music on Broadway), Peter Gerety as Donny (HBO's "The Wire," Henry V at The Public Theatre/Delacorte, Never Gonna Dance on Broadway), Domhnall Gleeson as Davey (Lieutenant of Inishmore at Garrick Theatre, London's West End; Chimps at Liverpool Playhouse), Brian d'Arcy James as Brendan (Sweet Smell of Success and Titanic on Broadway) and David Wilmot as Padraic (Lieutenant of Inishmore at RSC at Stratford and the Barbican Pit in London).

Kerry Condon, Domhnall Gleeson and David Wilmot are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Atlantic continues its relationship with McDonagh, after presenting his critically-acclaimed Beauty Queen of Leenane, which received four Tony® Awards, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play in 1998.

THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE was first performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, from April 11, 2001 – October 12, 2001.  This production transferred to the Barbican Pit in London from December 20, 2001 – February 23, 2002, and moved to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End from June 21 – 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 Inisheer.  THE 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 design team for THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE will be announced soon.

Martin McDonagh (Playwright) received the Olivier Award for The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  His play, The Pillowman, won the Olivier Award for Best Play and an Evening Standard Award nomination for The National Theatre production, while the Broadway production won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Foreign) and Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony nominations for Best Play. His first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, received a Best Play Tony nomination in 1998 and was the first in his Leenane Trilogy, which also includes A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West, for which he received his second Tony nomination for Best Play. The Cripple of Inishmaan, the first of his trilogy of Aran Island plays (which also includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Banshees of Inisheer), opened at Britain's National Theatre and transferred to The Public Theater. Other works include Suicide on Sixth Street, The Retard Is Out in the Cold, Hangmen, Dead Day at Coney and Seven Psychopaths.

Wilson Milam (Director) An American director, Milam directed the RSC Stratford, Barbican Pit and Garrick Theatre productions of THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE.  He also directed Patrick Marber's Closer in San Francisco and The Wexford Trilogy at the Tricycle.  His production of David Rabe's Hurlyburly for the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic and Queen's Theatres, London, was nominated for two Olivier Awards including one for Best Play.  Other London credits: Bug by Tracy Letts at the Gate Theatre and Killer Joe at the Bush and Vaudeville Theatres (Time Out Best New Play Award). Chicago credits include Pot Mom at Steppenwolf; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial at A Red Orchid Theatre; Skeleton at Shattered Globe Theatre, and Killer Joe at the Next Lab Theatre, a production that moved to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh where it won the Scotsman Fringe First Award. In New York, Mr. Milam directed Killer Joe at the Soho Playhouse in 1998, and the staged reading of The Glory of Living for New Plays at The Public Theater. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of The Hired Gun Theatre Company.

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).

Atlantic Theater Company is located at 336 West 20th St (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call 212-691-5919, x. 102.

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process.  Since it's inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 100 plays including the Tony Award ® winning production of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, the world premieres of Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory and Writer's Block, last season's hit World Premiere of David Mamet's Romance, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Tom Donaghy's Minutes From The Blue Route the American premieres of Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol and The Night Heron, the New York premieres of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Cider House Rules, the revivals of American Buffalo, Edmond, The Hothouse and Hobson's Choice.  Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including David Mamet (playwright and director) and William H. Macy (Academy Award nominee for Fargo), who founded Atlantic twenty years ago in 1985.  The Company is currently presenting Harold Pinter's Celebration and The Room, directed by Neil Pepe, through January 8.

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