About the Play:
Co-winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play, Tony Award Nominee for Best Play
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a full length drama by Martin McDonagh. A lonely Irish spinster yearns for a relationship but must cope with the manipulative mother who lives with her.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane looks at the malevolence of people leading hopeless lives. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, this play tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as gothically funny as it is horrific.
Cast: 2 women, 2 men
What people say:
"McDonagh is a natural storyteller who knows how to express a theme through action, and he knows how to create a gallery of fascinating rogues. The energy of his plays is prodigious…McDonagh has managed to celebrate what remains enduring and alive in human nature even in the most appalling circumstances." — New Republic
"…The Beauty Queen of Leenane…is clearly the product of a major writer. Indeed, on the basis of this play alone, I am willing to make the rash claim that McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the twenty-first century." — New Republic
"[McDonagh] offers all the familiar delights of farce and melodrama, while at the same time offering a powerful critique of contemporary Ireland." — Guardian (UK)
"Martin McDonagh's play...is not the callous thing that we often hail as 'black comedy', but a richly human illustration of that tragicomic paradox. If it wasn't so funny it would be squalid." — The Times (London)
"The dramatic tension McDonagh creates is brilliantly sustained, while the sudden twists and turns of the plot elicit genuine gasps of surprise from the audience." — Daily Telegraph
"His [McDonagh's] ear for the Irish rhythms and the absurdities of everyday speech is matchless." — Mail on Sunday (London)
"Martin McDonagh is one of the top playwrights to have emerged in the 1990's." — Daily Mail
About the Playwright:
Martin McDonagh is an English-born Irish playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has been resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London, and has won numerous awards, including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. His first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. His play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the Olivier Award. His short film, Six Shooter, won an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed In Bruge, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.