Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “The
Lonesome West” by Martin McDonagh May 18-June 2, 2018. Set on the west
coast of Ireland, the dark comedy displays the hilarious and dark sides
of small-town life with a cast of quirky characters. All performances
are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City.
brothers plus one inheritance equals a lot of bad behavior in this dark
Irish comedy written by Martin McDonagh, the award-winning
writer-director of the films "Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri,"
"In Bruges," and "Seven
Psychopaths." To add to the troubles, rumors
are flying through the village of Leenane that their recently buried
father may have been murdered by one of the brothers over a haircut
related insult. The local parish priest and a schoolgirl from the
village, who supplies their bootleg moonshine, both attempt to keep the
brothers from quarreling with often hilarious results.
the brothers try to break the pattern, a kind of
confession-and-contrition game emerges, and instead of putting the past
behind them, their apologies become new weapons to open old wounds. One
wonders if they will stay locked in a battle of adolescent squabbling
forever. All in all, McDonagh’s modern Cain and Abel tale is funny and
grim and often shocking.
Michael Relland stars as Coleman Connor, the brother who weaves between
jolly and malevolent. He is joined by Rick Lockett as Valene Connor, the
petty, greedy, younger brother with a stunning collection of religious
figurines. Matthew Moreillon portrays Father Welsh, their young parish
priest who drinks too much and is filled with doubts about almost
everything he should hold dear. Alexis Perry and Katlyn Skaggs are
rotating in the role of Girleen Kelleher, the schoolgirl who peddles her
father’s moonshine and is in love with Father Welsh. Rhonda Clark
directs the cast of unique, quirky characters and also serves as costume
designer with Erica Tschida assisting as stage manager. Ben Hall is in
charge of the set design and execution, and Jay C. Schardt is the
Playwright McDonagh is now known as much - or more - for his directing
and screenplays as his stage plays. His most recent film,
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,"
won two Golden Globe Awards this year, including Best Screenplay for
McDonagh, and had seven Academy Award nominations. Other films include
"In Bruges" and
and he won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for
"Six Shooter" in
2006. McDonagh is an award-winning playwright, also, and
"The Lonesome West"
was nominated for a Tony Award. His plays have received numerous
nominations and awards in London and New York. Previously, Carpenter
Square has produced "The Beauty Queen of
Leenane" and "The
Cripple of Inishmaan." Other theaters in the
metro area have produced "The Pillowman"
and "A Behanding in Spokane."
Born and raised in London, McDonagh is the son of Irish parents, and
holds dual British and Irish citizenship. Six of his plays are set in
Ireland - three in Leenane, County Galway and three others are set on
small islands off the west coast of Ireland.
The play is rated PG-13 for strong language and adult subject matter.
“The Lonesome West” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council,
National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts, and the Kirkpatrick Family
Fund. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy
Ables. Costume Sponsors are James and Janet Bristow and the estate of
Ann Eggers. Ticket Sponsors are Danny and Michele Bell.