Jun 01 2002 / The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

By Martin McDonagh

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Mar. 27 – Apr. 13, 2003

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew Media Season

Winner!

  • Weekly Planet Best of the Bay – Best Costume Designer – Katrina Stevenson
  • Weekly Planet 2003 Top Ten Production
  • Tampa Tribune Best of 2003

Set in a small town in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a woman who feels like anything but a beauty queen.

After a lifetime spent caring for her bullying tyrant of a mother, 40-year-old Maureen feels that she has been robbed of any chance of romance or a life of her own. However, Maureen is far from a self-pitying spinster. Every bit as ruthless as her mother, Maureen gets a wicked thrill out of serving her mother lumpy food. As the play develops, the audience discovers that’s the least of the ill-deeds.

(from top) Colleen McDonnell and Diana Rogers in Jobsite's The Beauty Queen of Leenane. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

When true love finally does come along for Maureen, the two women lock horns until scores are settled. With plot twists and story conundrums, The Beauty Queen of Leenane will have audiences laughing aloud one moment and covering their mouths in stunned silence the next.

McDonagh has an astonishingly long list of awards for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. They include: The 1997 Evening Standard Award and the London Critics’ Circle Award for most promising playwright; New York’s Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for best play of 1998; Time magazine’s number one Best of Theater Award. The New York production itself garnered four Tony Awards, and director Garry Hynes made Tony history as the first woman to receive the award for Best Director of a Play.

About Martin McDonagh

London-born playwright Martin McDonagh was a high school dropout and worked as a clerk in the civil service, stealing stationery to write his stories on. When he had no luck with his short stories, radio scripts and screenplays, he began writing plays set in Ireland where his parents were born and have retired. He said the comic, lonely misfits in his work are the voices he hears in his head. “It’s like transcribing other people talking, McDonagh said. In particular, the voices of his uncles in Ireland inspire the language in his plays.

Cast & Crew

  • Paul J. Potenza – Director

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Pato
  • David M. Jenkins – Ray
  • Colleen McDonnell* – Maureen
  • Diana Rogers* – Mag

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Crew

  • Dickie Corley – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer
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Ned Averill-Snell

American Buffalo, Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Fahrenheit 451, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Much Ado About Nothing, Race, The Lonesome West

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Dickie Corley

Beauty Queen, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dracula, Machinal, Maxwell, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Playing With Fire, subUrbia, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Paul Potenza

Paul J. Potenza

All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, Blackbird, Boys Next Door, Dracula, Frankie and Johnny, Pillowman, Rabbit Hole, Race, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, subUrbia, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Topdog Underdog

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Brian M. Smallheer

Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Inventing Van Gogh, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

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