The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Photo by Stephen Cummiskey.

August Wilson Center
March 2, 3, 4
7 p.m. & 2 p.m.

It’s a big week for contemporary theater in Pittsburgh. For three very special nights, Martin McDonagh’s four-time Tony Award-winning play, The Beauty of Queen Leenane, will be run at downtown’s August Wilson Center.

Produced by Ireland’s groundbreaking Druid Theatre Company, the critically acclaimed play is embarking on a limited-run, 20th-anniversary tour of select U.S. cities. Don’t miss this rare chance to revisit this iconic work of modern theatre—or be part of  a new generation experiencing the drama for the very first time.

Written by award-winning playwright, screenwriter and film director Martin McDonagh—who is one of the most important living Irish playwrights—the riveting play is appearing in Pittsburgh as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

At the helm of the equally illuminating and irreverent work is celebrated director Garry Hynes, who co-founded Druid in 1975. Dubbed the pre-eminent director of Irish drama, Hynes became the first woman to ever win a Tony Award for direction when she nabbed the prestigious accolade for Leenane’s original production in 1998.

Theater-goers will be transported to the scenic mountains of the village of Leenane located in the Connemara region of West Galway, Ireland. The play follows the life of 40-year-old, single woman Maureen Folan, and her manipulative, aging mother Mag. Audiences will find out what transpires when “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.”

The historic anniversary production is even more meaningful because it stars Irish actor Marie Mullen—who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Maureen in the original—as the older character, Mag. The prolific cast also features Aisling O’Sullivan (Maureen Folan), Marty Rea (Pato Dooley) and Aaron Monaghan (Ray Dooley).

Not to miss, the dark comedy has been described as “explosive, powerful and devastating,” containing “virtuosic turbulence” and “wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre all at the same time.”

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...