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The Lonesome West

The Lonesome West
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: Martin McDonagh
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0822216663
ISBN-13: 9780822216667

About the Play:

The Lonesome West is a full length drama by Martin McDonagh. The play was first presented as a Druid Theatre company and Royal Court co-production in the summer of 1997.

Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional story-telling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation … in the extraordinary The Lonesome West, two brothers, one of whom has killed their father, are closeted together in undying hostility like a penned-up Cain and Abel." — The Guardian (UK)

"The Lonesome West … represents a leap forward in ambition and achievement for McDonagh … [it] offers…in-depth examination of character and is, in the end, a moving and complicated examination of redemption that might even offer a glimmer—a wee distant glimmer—of hope." — Variety

"The play combines manic energy and physical violence in a way that is both hilarious and viscerally exciting." — Daily Telegraph (London)

"Martin McDonagh is both a powerful writer of staying power and an individual talent within a powerful tradition ... His is a voice you will want to hear again." — The Sunday Times (London)

About the Playwright:

Martin McDonagh is an English-born Irish playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has been resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London, and has won numerous awards, including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. His first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. His play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the Olivier Award. His short film, Six Shooter, won an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed In Bruge, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

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