Martin McDonagh (Playwright) has collaborated with Druid on four new plays. Mr. McDonagh’s writing credits include: A Behanding in Spokane (Schoenfeld Theater, Broadway, 2010); The Pillowman (National Theatre, London, 2003; Booth Theatre, Broadway, 2005); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001; Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, 2006); The Lonesome West (Druid /Royal Court Theatre co-production, 1997; Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, 1999); A Skull in Connemara (Druid /Royal Court Theatre co-production, 1997); The Cripple of Inishmaan (National Theatre, London, 1997) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid /Royal Court Theatre co-production, 1996; Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway, 1998). Film credits include: In Bruges, Six Shooter (short), Seven Psychopaths, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Read an interview with the playwright
Garry Hynes (Director) founded Druid in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Ms. Hynes has also worked with: the Abbey and Gate Theatres (Ireland), the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK); Atlantic Theater, New York City Center Encores!, Second Stage, Signature Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club (New York); and with The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC). Ms. Hynes’s awards include the Joe A. Callaway Award (New York) for Outstanding Directing for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009); Honorary Doctorates from the University of Dublin (2004), the National University of Ireland (1998); the National Council for Education Awards (1988); and a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998). She is a recipient of many other theater awards, including The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Director and a Special Tribute Award for her con¬tribution to Irish Theatre (2005). Read an interview with the director
Francis O'Connor (Designer) returns to Druid, where his credits include: The Silver Tassie, The Gigli Concert, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Leaves, Empress of India, DruidSynge, The Playboy of the Western World, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Year of the Hiker, The Lonesome West, The Leenane Trilogy, Sive, My Brilliant Divorce, The Tinker’s Wedding and Sharon’s Grave. Mr. O’Connor is the recipient of two Irish Times Best Design Awards, the Boston Critics Circle Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award and most recently a nomination for the Faust Prize in Germany. His designs for plays, musicals and opera have been seen in Ireland, UK, throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Davy Cunningham (Lighting Design) returns to Druid, where his credits include: The Silver Tassie (Galway, Irish and UK tour); The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish tour); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Galway, Irish and UK tour, New York); Long Day’s Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); DruidSynge (Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival and Inis Meáin; Minneapolis and Lincoln Center Festival, New York 2006); Sive and The Well of the Saints. Mr. Cunningham has worked extensively in theater and opera and has lit over 200 productions worldwide. His designs have been seen in every major European opera company from Dublin to St. Petersburg, Turkey, Australia and throughout the US.
John Leonard (Sound Designer) returns to Druid, where his credits include: The Silver Tassie (Galway, Irish and UK tour); The Gigli Concert (Galway Arts Festival and Irish tour); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Galway, Irish and UK tour, New York); Long Day’s Journey into Night (Galway and Dublin Theatre Festival); DruidSynge (Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh International Festival and Inis Meáin; Minneapolis and Lincoln Center Festival, New York, 2006); Sive and The Well of the Saints. During Mr. Leonard’s 35 year career in theater sound, he has provided soundtracks for theaters all over the world. He has written an acclaimed guide to theater sound and is the recipient of Drama Desk and LDI Sound Designer of the Year Awards and Honorary Fellowships from The Guildhall School of Music — Drama and The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
J. David Brimmer (Fight Director) returns to Druid, where his credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (New York). Other theater credits include: That Face, Speed-the-Plow, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Come Back, Little Sheba (Broadway); Ages of the Moon, Equivocation, Blasted, The American Pilot, Blackbird, Bug and Killer Joe (New York premieres). Mr. Brimmer has also worked at The Public, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, Dallas Theater Center, Hartford Stage, Baltimore Centerstage, and The Guthrie Theater. He teaches at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, RADA, Strasberg Institute, and Yale, and is a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors. Mr. Brimmer’s favorite collaborations include work with Stella Adler, Joe Chaikin, JoAnne Akalaitis, Ken Russell and Franco Zeffirelli.
Colin Towns (Composer) returns to Druid, where his credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Other theater credits include: Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (London); Rain Man (London); Blackthorn, Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, The Crucible, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and others (Clywd Theatr); The Orpheus Suite (Birmingham Royal Ballet); The Little Foxes (Donmar); Royal Hunt of the Sun (Tokyo); Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company). Film and television credits include: Maybe Baby, Albert Schweitzer, Essex Boys, Space Truckers, Full Circle, The Puppet Masters, Vampire's Kiss, Our Friends in the North, Doc Martin, Goodbye Mr Chips, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends and Angelina Ballerina. Mr. Towns works with many European jazz big bands. Most recently he arranged, recorded, toured and released a program of John Lennon's music entitled John Lennon—In My Own Write. This year he launches his new band Blue Touch Paper.
Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by graduates of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Garry Hynes, Mick Lally and Marie Mullen—the first professional theatre company in Ireland to be based outside Dublin.
Firmly based in what was once an abandoned run down part of town and is now the most visited part of Galway city, Druid presents work at home in Galway as well as touring extensively in Ireland. The company also tours to key global centres around the world, making Druid one of the best known theatre companies in the English-speaking world. In 2009 alone, Druid toured to Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA presenting 364 performances in 26 venues. Since 1979, the company has had its own theatre on Druid Lane in Galway. The theatre is the birthplace of all the work and continues to serve as a facility for the promotion and development of the arts in Galway.
Druid has always worked to reinvigorate perceptions of classic dramatic works and to engage with new dramatic works of a challenging, innovative and daring kind. Recent productions in 2008 and 2007 include The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2008), The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2007) and Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill. Other acclaimed Druid productions include three works by John B. Keane, Sive (2002), Sharon's Grave (2003) and The Year of the Hiker (2006), and Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996).
Through its new writing programme, Druid nurtures and supports new playwriting talents and consistently commissions, develops, and produces new plays by a wide range of emerging and established writers both from Ireland and abroad. Visit their website for more information.
About Atlantic Theater Company
A.T.C. is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Founded in 1985 by David Mamet and William H. Macy, Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today's finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences.
Since its inception, Atlantic has produced more than 100 plays, including the Tony Award winning productions of Spring Awakening and The Beauty Queen of Leenane as well as The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, David Mamet's adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville Barker, David Mamet's Romance, Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson, Woody Allen's Writer's Block, the revival of Hobson's Choice, the revivals of American Buffalo and Edmond by David Mamet, Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley, adapted and directed by David Mamet, The Cider House Rules, adapted by Peter Parnell, Celebration & The Room and The Hothouse, by Harold Pinter, Mojo by Jez Butterworth, the New York premieres of Howard Korder's Boys' Life and The Lights at Lincoln Center Theater, Kevin Heelan's Distant Fires, Quincy Long's The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite and Shaker Heights, Tom Donaghy's Minutes From The Blue Route, Edwin Sánchez' Trafficking in Broken Hearts, and Missing Persons by Craig Lucas.
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