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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

“In all, 26 ‘Norties’ went to various local and visiting companies and artists for outstanding work at venues around the greater Boston area.” – WBUR Congratulations to all of the winners. We are so proud to have two award winners from our 2016/17 Season: Outstanding Ensemble: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Druid Theatre Company presented by ArtsEmerson Outstanding New Script: “Mala,” by Melinda Lopez, ArtsEmerson Also, looking to the future, we are so excited to see the…

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  The nominations for the 2017 Elliot Norton Awards were announced this past Monday. The award ceremony will be held Monday May 15 at the Huntington’s BU Theatre, 7pm. ArtsEmerson received three nominations: Outstanding New Script Mala, by Melinda Lopez (ArtsEmerson) Garry Hynes, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid Theatre Company, presented by ArtsEmerson) The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid Theatre Company presented by ArtsEmerson Congratulations to all nominees!

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  Tommy Higgins is a senior Communication Studies major from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania at Emerson College. Tommy’s family is originally from County Galway, Ireland in the Province of Connacht where he’s spent countless summers and holidays on the western mountainous coast.  Running to class one day, Tommy noticed The Beauty Queen of Leenane posters on campus.  Leenane is in the same county where his family lives and is about an hour away from their province….

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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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  In a small house in the mountains of Ireland, a lonely spinster locks horns with her house-bound, manipulative mother in a rage-filled battle of the wills. Written by Ireland’s most important, contemporary playwright, Martin McDonagh’s (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan), The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far….

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