The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
January 10 - February 10, 2013
Our final production in Martin McDonagh's Leenane Trilogy, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a wildly funny and deeply affecting satire of the skirmishes and silent feuds between mothers and daughters. In a small town in western Ireland, spinster Maureen Folan lives with her diabolically helpless mother Mag. Maureen's married sisters escaped long ago, leaving Maureen stuck at home, chafing against Mag's cunning manipulations and lamenting her missed chances. When romance blossoms between Maureen and the sweet, uncomplicated Pato Dooley, it pits mother against daughter, setting the stage for an explosive finish.
Cast & Production Team
Megan Bellwoar as Maureen Folan Charlie DelMarcelle as Pato Dooley Sean Lally as Ray Dooley Mary Martello as Mag Folan (Jan 10 - Feb 3) Drucie McDaniel as Mag Folan (Feb 6 - 10)
Meghan Jones, Production Manager Dirk Durossette, Scenic Designer Maggie Baker, Costume Designer Shon Causer, Lighting Designer Daniel Perelstein, Sound Designer J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director Marla Burkholder, Dialect Coach Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager Leigh E. Bicica, Assistant Director
News & Reviews
"With Irish accents you could make a meal of, the Lantern Theater [Company] production of Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, under director Kathryn MacMillan's sharp eye and steady hand, is an unqualified triumph. The performances are perfectly nuanced... And like the acting, the set is perfectly detailed. Don't miss this one." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Hilarious, heartbreaking and horrifying. Director Kathryn MacMillan's absorbing production for the Lantern Theater [Company] gets the mixture of suspense, melodrama and black comedy just right. And it's anchored by superb performances by Megan Bellwoar and Mary Martello. You won't soon forget these ladies." –Talkin' Broadway
"A stellar production. With the cast and crew delivering top-notch performances, it's a hilarious, intense, haunting night of theatre." –EDGE Philadelphia
"Martin McDonagh's script is a complicated stew, leaving the audience feeling empathetic, disgusted, saddened, and yet, entertained. –Examiner
"Superb production! [Director] MacMillan and her terrific cast perform this not like a genre piece, but as the masterful human drama it is. Beauty Queen isn't easy to take – and it's not to be missed." –Philadelphia City Paper
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.