Ethan Coen to Premiere First Full-Length Play, 'Women or Nothing,' Off Broadway

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The comedy follows the warmly received Cannes competition premiere of the Coen Brothers' latest feature, "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Ethan Coen will premiere his first full-length play, Women or Nothing, late this summer at Off Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company, which has frequently presented the Oscar-winning filmmaker's one-act works for the stage.

A comedy about two women desperate to have a child, the play will be staged by in-demand director David Cromer. It begins previews Aug. 28 on the Atlantic's mainstage Linda Gross Theater, with an official opening on Sept. 16.

Together with his brother and co-director Joel Coen, the playwright this week received one of the warmest receptions of an official 2013 Cannes Film Festival competition selection for their early '60s folkie odyssey Inside Llewyn Davis, which stars Oscar Isaac, Carey MulliganJohn Goodman and Justin Timberlake.

The Atlantic previously staged three different programs of Ethan Coen's one-act plays, titled Almost an Evening, Offices and Happy Hour. In addition, his short play Talking Cure was staged on Broadway in 2011 as part of a trilogy called Relatively Speaking, which included works by Woody Allen and Elaine May.

Casting for Women or Nothing has not yet been announced.

Also on the Atlantic's 2013-14 season slate is Roy Williams' U.S. premiere of his stage adaptation of the Alan Sillitoe short story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner; a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, directed by Martha Clarke; and the world premiere of a new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy.