Third Rail Rep Presents THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Now thru 6/22
The Third Rail Repertory Theatre Presents THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE by Martin McDonagh. The play will run from today, May 30th through June 22nd. The cast includes Damon Kupper*, Maureen Porter*, Jayne Taini, and Rolland Walsh. According to Charles Spencer of The Telegraph, "[McDonagh's writing] is the bastard offspring of JM Synge and Quentin Tarantino, with moments of extreme violence constantly juxtaposed with edgy, laugh-out-loud humour."
Third Rail rounds out their 8th season by completing the critically acclaimed Leenane Trilogy, which began with The Lonesome West and continued in A Skull In Connemara. Maureen Folan is living in her tiny cottage in the village of Leenane caring for her aging mother, Mag, a woman of many demands and minimal charms. She aches to leave her life of tedium, not to mention her manipulative mother, and opportunity knocks with the appearance of Pato Dooley. So begins a darkly hilarious series of events, leading to a stunning and surprising climax that only Martin McDonagh could have conceived. Finish the year with Third Rail by celebrating the breakthrough work that brought Irish storytelling kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. Tickets are available for order by phone at 503.235.1101, online at thirdrailrep.org, or Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Box Office (1111 SW Broadway) The price for single tickets range from $20-$43 (plus online service fees).
Martin McDonagh is a playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter and one of the most important living Irish playwrights. His plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and A Behanding in Spokane. His film credits include In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and the Academy Award-winning Six Shooter.
Scott Yarbrough (director) is a core company member and founding artistic director of Third Rail Repertory Theatre. He has directed 23 of the company's mainstage productions and has served as artistic director since the company was founded. The Beauty Queen of Leenane marks his third foray directing Martin McDonagh's work. He has directed all three of the Leenane Trilogy plays for Third Rail.
Third Rail is an artist-driven theatre company whose vitality is defined by its audience's sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work. We promote new plays while exploring the edges of theatrical style. Third Rail exists to provide a home for artists and theatergoers alike, offering a range of experiences to be shared by the audience and the community.
More information about Third Rail can be found at thirdrailrep.org.
* Denotes Third Rail Company Member