Ethan Coen returns to off-Broadway

Bringing another collection of plays to the Atlantic

NEW YORK -- Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen scored last season at the Atlantic Theater Company with "Almost an Evening," a trio of one-act comedies that marked his playwriting debut.

Now he will return to the Atlantic with "Offices," another collection of plays, which will be part of the Atlantic's 2008-09 season, artistic director Neil Pepe announced Wednesday.

The three new comedies dealing with workplace stresses and strains will open next spring. Pepe directs. With his brother Joel, Coen has made such movies as "Fargo," "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink" and this year's Oscar winner for best picture, "No Country for Old Men."

The Atlantic's new season will also include a revival of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan," first seen in New York in 1998 in a production at the Public Theater. The revival will be a co-production with the Druid Theatre of Galway, Ireland, and will be directed by the Druid's Garry Hynes. It will run Dec. 9-March 1, 2009.

"Farragut North," Beau Willimon's play about Washington politics and power, will open the season, running Oct. 22-Nov. 29. Doug Hughes directs.