The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
January 8-24, 2016
Performing at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Mother knows best.

Twenty years ago, Pato Dooley thought of Maureen Folan as the beauty queen of Leenane. He never quite stopped thinking so. In reality, Maureen is a bitter spinster, stuck caring for a spiteful mother in a house they have made into a prison for each other. When Pato returns to Leenane, Maureen sees a twinkle of hope for a life with more love in it. But one thing remains in her way, pulls her down, and sits in a rocking chair plaguing her heart out. In his first published work, master tragedian Martin McDonagh proves that when cruelty is met with cruelty, all promises of civility are forfeit.

The Press

City Pages “Bjork is a revelation.”
Minnesota Playlist “Wingert has landed perfectly on a balance of physical frailty and mental acuity that imbues Mag with just the right degree of menace, while Bjork portrays Maureen as simmering with tooth-grinding frustration.”
Matthew Everett “Carin Bratlie Wethern and her fantastic cast dig into the script and mine it for all the laughs and heartbreak it’s got to give.”
Talkin’ Broadway “…Amber Bjork is sublime…”
Cherry and Spoon “A beautifully written play that’s as funny as it is devastating, that bittersweet uniquely Irish feeling, a terrific cast, spot-on direction, and a realistic set for them to play on.”
MN Theater Love “You seldom see this beautiful combination of humor and darkness done so beautifully.”
The Star Tribune features the show in a spotlight article. announcement about Pro Rata’s upcoming production of Beauty Queen.
The City Pages Interview with Amber, Carin, and Sally.
Pioneer Press 9 Questions with Carin.

The Castbq_postcard

Mag – Sally Wingert +
Maureen – Amber Bjork *
Pato – Grant Henderson *
Ray – Taylor Evans

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie Wethern *
Stage Manager – Clara Costello *
Technical Director – John Lutz
Set Designer – Andrea Heilman
Costume Designer – Samantha Kuhn Staneart
Sound Designer – Jacob B. Davis
Props Designer – Amy Pirkl *
Lighting Designer – Julia Carlis *
Dialect Coach – Keely Wolter
Directing Observer – Kimberly Miller

+Member of Actors Equity Association
*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member


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