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Martin McDonagh last wrote and directed Six Shooter, which in 2006 earned him the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film, and which starred Brendan Gleeson of In Bruges.
As a playwright, Mr. McDonagh has twice won the Olivier Award — for The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore — and been nominated for the Tony Award four times. His other plays include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The latter was the first of his plays to be produced, at Galway's Druid Theatre and London's Royal Court Theatre.
Born in London to Irish parents, Mr. McDonagh's works have been translated and staged in 41 countries to date.