McDonagh drama to be helmed by Crowley

NEW YORK — Billy Crudup is in talks to headline the Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman.”

He would play Katurian, a writer living in a totalitarian state who is interrogated for writing short stories that bear a close resemblance to actual cases of child murder.

David Tennant originated the role at London’s National Theater, where the play had its world premiere Nov. 13.

“Pillowman” would be the third National production to make the trans-Atlantic transfer in recent months. Under the auspices of Robert Boyett and Robert Fox, the McDonagh drama looks to follow last season’s “Jumpers” revival and Michael Frayn’s “Democracy,” due in Gotham this fall.

“Pillowman” has not been officially announced for the 2004-05 season but could come in as early as spring 2005. A casting notice published in the spring created a flurry of speculation that the play would make it to Broadway this fall.

Director is John Crowley, who helmed the National’s production.

McDonagh is the author of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “A Skull in Connemara” and “The Lonesome West.”

“Pillowman” would be Crudup’s fifth assignment on Broadway. The most recent was “The Elephant Man” in 2002.

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