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Theatre Westminster to Present "Beauty Queen of Leenane"

Friday, February 10, 2012

Theatre Westminster will present Martin McDonagh's Beauty Queen of Leenane Feb. 23-26 in Beeghly Theater.

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, Beauty Queen tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first, and possibly final, chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorably toward the play's terrifying dénouement.

Curtain time Thursday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m.; Sunday's matinee is at 2:30 p.m.  Reservations can be made online by following the "ticket reserve" link or by calling the Box Office at (724) 946-7241.  Prices for general admission adults are $10, and senior citizens and non-Westminster students are $7. 

The student production is under the direction of Melissa Hill Grande, associate artistic director and director of marketing for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater (PICT).  She spent 13 years on the faculty at Marietta College (Ohio), where she taught, Irish, American, contemporary, and documentary drama, as well as costume design.  Her credits include productions for Marietta, PICT, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Phase 3 Productions, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Festival in Black and White, Bricolage's B.U.S. 6, and No Name Players' SWAN Day 2010 and 2011

Set, light, and costume design are under the direction of Terry Jachimiak, Westminster assistant professor of theatre, and technical director is Paula Ferguson, Beeghly/Orr stage manager.

Contact Dr. Scott Mackenzie, Westminster associate professor and director of theatre, at (724) 946-6238 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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