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  “I think every act of theatre is political, and should be. It’s a civic action; it’s a group of people in a live situation, in a room together, doing something. Is theatre a way of response to what is happening around us? Absolutely yes, and if it isn’t, why are we doing it, why are we bothering?” – Garry Hynes in conversation Howlround’s Ramona Ostrowski READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW AT HOWLROUND!     The Beauty Queen of Leenane…

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  Warsan Shire’s widely read poem HOME begins powerfully: “No one leaves home  unless home is the mouth of a shark”   The final stanza sticks in your heart: “no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here”   These past weeks our attention has been pulled to the questions…

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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…

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  Part of our core mission is to create long arcs of relationships with artists and theatre companies. In the case of our current production, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, presented by the Druid Theatre Company from Ireland, we also commit to long arcs of relationships to work emanating from different parts of the world. You will notice from our production history a devotion to connecting Boston audiences to stories from Ireland, enriching our already…

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  Twenty years ago I was in New York on theatre related business and unexpectedly had to stay over an extra day – which meant a free night. I had a meeting near the excellent Atlantic Theatre Company and I thought I’d check out what they were doing. It turned out to be a play called The Beauty Queen Of Leenane by Martin McDonagh who was emerging on the scene with much fanfare from the…

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