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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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As a part of the preparation for the Play Reading Book Club, the teaching artists provided this very helpful glossary to unpack potentially unfamiliar terms used in the play. Enjoy! Babby Baby Birmingham Six According to Wiki, six men (Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Joseph Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker) who were sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1974 bombing of two British pubs (called the “Birmingham pub bombings”). The case was…

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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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