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Pictured: Kate Fry and Wendy Robie
Northlight Theatre has announced the full cast and production team for THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE written by Martin McDonagh and directed by BJ Jones.
The cast includes Kate Fry (Maureen Folan), Nathan Hosner (Pato Dooley), Casey Morris (Ray Dooley) and Wendy Robie (Mag Folan).
The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (Scenic Design), JR Lederle (Lighting Design) and Andre Pluess (Sound Design). The stage manager is Michelle Medvin.
From the press release: “This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative aging mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen’s hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag’s interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.”
“I find Martin McDonagh’s sense of humor adolescent and amusing; I love his ability to shock for shock’s sake, and I relate to his quirky characters built on a landscape of loneliness and isolation. From the fable like period piece of The Cripple of Inishmaan, through the Leenane trilogy with a side trip to the gory Lieutenant of Inishmore, he has remained true to his own stylistic voice,” comments BJ Jones. “My attraction to The Beauty Queen of Leenane is McDonagh’s style: theatrical fireworks that light up a dark landscape and reveal even darker crevices, much like the Burren region of western Ireland. So many of his works echo Synge, Beckett, and in more modern synchronicity Tarantino and even Letts. With the gifted artists Kate Fry and Wendy Robie, I take on this overdue date with McDonagh’s seminal masterpiece.”
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEEANE runs March 15 – April 22, 2018 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.