Theater: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, August Wilson Center








Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce Martin McDonagh’s four time Tony Award winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane will be performed in Pittsburgh, March 2-4, 2017, at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222.  This 20th anniversary tour, produced by Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, will be presented at select cities throughout the United States from November 2016 through March 2017.  This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Tickets ($20-$45) go on sale Friday, September 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., and will be available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Group discounts for 10 or more tickets are available at or by calling 412-471-6930. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust continues its long-standing commitment of bringing a diverse array of outstanding performances to the Cultural District from around the globe,” shares J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  “We are pleased to host Druid’s historical remounting of their award-winning play directed by Garry Hynes that will offer Pittsburgh theatergoers this once-in-a-lifetime stage production experience not to be missed.”

“We are honored to be presenting this historically significant play during its 20th milestone year that continues to bring us deep and important messages about human relationships through circumstances that weave many consequences in life,” comments Pamela Komar, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Director of Theater Programming.  “This award winning drama will be an exceptional and moving theatrical experience for Pittsburgh audiences to see on the intimate stage of the Cultural District’s August Wilson Center.”

The 20 year anniversary tour of The Beauty Queen of Leenane reunites Garry Hynes, Tony Award winner-Best Director from the original production, with Marie Mullen, Tony Award winner-Best Actress also from the original production.  The 20th anniversary production and touring cast will also feature Aisling O’Sullivan, Aaron Monaghan and Marty Rea.

Before the tour comes to the United States later this year, the 20th anniversary production will be presented at select cities in Ireland, including Cork, Limerick and Dublin.  From Druid Theatre Company’s cast announcement, Artist Director Garry Hynes commented, “It’s thrilling to bring ‘The Beauty Queen’ to life again, two decades on, here in Galway. The first outing of the production in 1996 took the world by storm and was a real whirlwind for Druid. Our audiences still speak about that experience. We’re really looking forward to revisiting it with them and having a new generation experience the production for the first time.”

Druid regularly tours the United States. Over the past ten years, the company has presented four productions at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City and three productions at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.  The company has presented three U.S. national tours including The Playboy of the Western World and The Shadow of the Glen by JM Synge in 2009, The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh in 2010 and The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh in 2011.

History of the (1966) Production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996) is a dark comedy by award winning writer and director Martin McDonagh, and was premiered by Druid in Galway. The Sunday Times wrote, “This is one of the most exhilarating debuts in years…a must” and “Explosive…powerful and devastating.” Following its premier, the production played in London’s West End where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play, then ran on Broadway where the production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four for Best Actress in a Play (Anna Manahan), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Tom Murphy), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Marie Mullen) and Best Direction of a Play (Garry Hynes). The production ran at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City for 365 performances. The New York Times raved, “Sometimes you don’t even know what you’ve been craving until the real thing comes along.” “Stunning new play.”

About The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

About Druid Theatre Company
Garry Hynes co-founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and has worked as its artistic director from 1975 to 1991 and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994, Hynes served as artistic director and as director for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Ms. Hynes’ international collaborations include the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court (UK), Center Theatre Group, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Spoleto Festival. The Guardian raved, “Hynes is not only a first-rate director, she has that mixture of the visionary and the pragmatic you find in all great theatrical pioneers” and The New York Times praised Ms. Hynes as, “The pre-eminent director of Irish drama.”

Since 1979, Druid has created, produced and presented all of the company’s works in its theater located on Druid Lane in Galway. The theater continues to as a facility for the promotion and development of the arts in the city.  Druid’s productions have won over 50 awards in Ireland and internationally, including four Tony Awards for the company’s world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The Irish Times wrote, “A world-class company rooted in the cultural fabric of Galway” and The Irish Independent claimed Druid as, “Ireland’s most prestigious theatre company.”

For more information about Druid Theatre Company, visit and artistic director Garry Hynes, visit:

August Wilson Center
The sleekly modern August Wilson Center, located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.

The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates the Center on behalf of the building owners. For August Wilson Center rental inquiries, visit or email Devonne Goode, Program Manager-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at

For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, visit or call 412-456-6666.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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