Tuesday, February 26, 2013

[300] MTSU Theatre traces family ties in 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2013
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Justin Durham, justin.durham@mtsu.edu or 615-898-2181

MURFREESBOROMTSU students will take audiences to the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara, in County Galway when Tucker Theatre lifts the curtain on “The Beauty Queen of Leenaneon Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Directed by Professor Kyle Kennedy, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” features a cast of four, including Nashville actress Kelly Lapczynski, an MTSU alumna, as guest artist.

“The Beauty Queen” performances at MTSU are scheduled Feb. 27-March 2 at 7:30 each evening. One matinee performance is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” set in the 1990s, depicts Mag, a 70-year-old woman, and Maureen, the 40-year-old daughter who takes care of her. With deception, manipulation and heartbreak hovering over Maureen’s life, her last chance of happiness lies in the hands of Pato, the man with whom she’s fallen in love.

Nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Play for its London production and a four-time Tony Award winner for its 1998 Broadway production, “The Beauty Queen” is “a dark, sardonic comedy … that keeps the audience enthralled and at the edge of their seats,” said director Kennedy.

General admission tickets are $10 each, and tickets for students in kindergarten through 12th grades are $5 each. MTSU students with valid IDs will be admitted free.

The box office will open one hour before each show, and the theatre will open for seating 30 minutes before curtain time. The box office will close promptly when each show begins, and no tickets will be sold during the shows.

For more information about the show, or to buy tickets online, visit www.mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre/PurchaseTickets.php and click on the “Beauty Queen of Leenane” poster. You also can call 615-494-8810.


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