Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Come together for 'The Lonesome West

Play reading to take place at nexStage

Express Staff Writer

Need to find some humor in dark times? Look no further than the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum and attend a play reading of Martin McDonagh's "The Lonesome West." Director and participating reader Jon Kane will present the free play reading by the nexStage Theatre on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshment and cookies will be served.

Kane did a reading of McDonagh's "The Pillow Man" at the nexStage Theatre last year and was inspired to do another McDonagh piece after he read "The Lonesome West."

"He is a hot director," Kane said. "'The Lonesome West' is really funny and has a dark sense of humor. It's one of the funniest plays I have ever read."

McDonagh is one of Ireland's most talented contemporary playwrights, as well as a screenwriter and film director. His film "In Bruges," staring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, won over many fans at its Sundance debut in 2008.

"He wrote a trilogy of plays and this is one of them," Kane said. "All three plays take place in a small village in Ireland and have a lot of overlapping characters, and many of the jokes run through all three plays."

"The Lonesome West" is about two brothers who have a love-hate relationship over the course of their lives and live in a town with a lot of murder and mayhem.

"The play readings we do are very compelling and done informally, which the audience likes," Kane said. "It's better than things you see on television, and we have a lot of really talented people in the valley. We get to do more cutting-edge plays you would not see otherwise."

Actors Scott Creighton, Steve D'Smith, Charlotte Hemmings and Kane will present "The Lonesome West," which will include Irish accents.

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