September 15, 2011

Dark comedy opens Theater Emory's 'Bloody, Breathless and Bold' season

"The Lieutenant of Inishmore" is an irreverent, action-packed play that kicks off the season.

Theater Emory opens its 2011-2012 "Bloody, Breathless, and Bold" season with Martin McDonagh's Tony Award-nominated, dark comedic romp "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" (Sept. 29 – Oct. 8).

McDonagh is the winner of the most promising playwright award in 1996, an Oscar winner for his short film "Six Shooter" (2006), and author/director of the hit film "In Bruges" (2008). Described by critics as "the bastard offspring of J.M. Synge and Quentin Tarantino," McDonagh is one of the most popular and controversial playwrights of the past 15 years, claims the production's director Donald McManus.

"None of McDonagh's plays captures his irreverent spirit better than 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore,'" says McManus, assistant professor of theater studies and dramaturg. "It's the funniest, cleverest, and most action-packed of all his work to date." 

The cast includes professional actors Mark Cabus and Tim McDonough, as well as a host of Emory student actors. Set design is by Kat Conley and costume design is by Rosalind Staib.  Scott Little is the sound designer and Robert J. Turner designed the lighting.

The performances are Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 5-8 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center. Tickets ($18; $14 discount category members; $6 Emory students) are available from the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050 or Free parking is available in the Fishburne and Peavine parking decks.

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