The Beauty Queen of Leenane brings dark comedy to the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department Feb 10-19

A twisting tale of unlucky fortune

ROCHESTER, NY (01/25/2017)(readMedia)-- The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League are pleased to present The Beauty Queen of Leenane. This is the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department's third production of the season and features an intimate cast of acting, musical theatre, and theatre arts students. The show will run February 10, 11, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and February 11 and 19 at 2 p.m. in Studio Theatre A48 at the Nazareth College Arts Center.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane contains strong language and some violence and is intended for mature audiences.


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 spinster in her early 40s-and Mag-her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance at love sets in motion a series of events that leads towards the play's terrifying dénouement. No twist or turn is out of question in this script.

The play, written by Martin McDonagh is a co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play and winner of four Tony Awards.


Maureen Folan will be played by B.F.A. musical theatre senior Claire Ganem, and her mother, Mag Folan, by B.F.A. acting senior Alexus Maxam. Pato Dooley, will be played by theatre arts freshman and recent School of the Arts graduate Demetrio Alomar, and Ray Dooley by B.F.A. acting senior Josh Feldman.

The production is lead by director and faculty member Matt Ames. Also behind the scenes are students Katie Thomas (assistant director/fight captain), Katlyn Feder (stage manager), Alanna Underwood (props master), Briar-Rose Murphy (costume designer); and faculty Yuanting Zhao (chairperson), Alexandra Anthony (production manager/technical director), Emily Stork (lighting/sound design), and Mary Farmer (costume shop manager).


Single tickets for The Beauty Queen of Leenane run $10–$12, and all area students receive half-price tickets at the door with valid school ID. For tickets, call – or visit – the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online:

The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus, at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and for one hour prior to curtain time for Nazareth College Theatre Arts and Dance Department performances.


Nazareth College's academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life's work.