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Marie Mullen on returning to ‘Beauty Queen’ in a role reversal

The New York Times: A Mother-Daughter Brawl: In ‘Beauty Queen,’ Marie Mullen Now Knows Both Sides

With only four characters and a single set, “Beauty Queen,” the first play in Martin McDonagh’s “Leenane Trilogy,” focuses much of its energy on this most volatile of mother-daughter relationships. After the show opened on Broadway in 1998, its director and three of the four cast members won Tony awards — including Marie Mullen, who played Maureen. Two decades on, the latest production begins a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jan. 11 — but this time around, Ms. Mullen has swapped her Tony-winning role of Maureen for that of her ogre of a mom. It’s a role that she admits she never thought she’d play, one that required her to find humanity in a beast. – Read the whole story.

In 1998 Marie Mullen performed the role of Maureen in ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ (top picture). Now, two decades later, she’s in the role of Mag (lower picture), Maureen’s mother. This remarkable role-reversal is just one of many reasons to come see this stunning, Tony-Award Winning production during its visit to Boston in February!

The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs FEB 8 – 26 at the Emerson/Paramount Center.

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