Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beauty Queen of Leenane Coming to August Wilson Center



Druid returns with the brilliantly subversive The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh on the twentieth anniversary of its debut. Multi-award winning Garry Hynes will direct the production at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh with the stellar cast of Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen's first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Druid’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane debuted in Galway in 1996 in a co-production with the Royal Court Theatre. It then went on to play in London and transferred to the West End and Broadway to critical acclaim. The production won four Tony Awards in 1998 including Best Direction for Garry Hynes, the first woman to ever win a Tony Award® for Direction. In this special 20th anniversary production, Marie Mullen plays the role of Mag, having won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Maureen in the original Beauty Queen.

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" is at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh at 7 p.m., Mar 2 - 3 and at 2 and 7 p.m. on March 4. Tickets are $21 to $46. Phone 412-456-6666 or visit www.trustarts.org..

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