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January 19, 2012

Center Stage offers free readings of Martin McDonagh plays at ale house

You knew things were going to be different with Kwame Kwei-Armah heading Center Stage, and you were right.

The latest proof: Center Stage will present free public readings of two Martin McDonagh plays featuring members of Everyman Theatre and Single Carrot Theatre and other local actors.

How's that for collaboration within the arts community? Pretty cool.

The project provides a neat way for Center Stage to promote its production of one of McDonagh's "A Skull in Connemara," which opens next week.

The readings will focus on ...

the two other mid-1990s works that form what is known as the Leenane trilogy -- "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" and "The Lonesome West." All three are peopled with some of the most idiosyncratic Irish characters ever to take a stage.

With all that Irishness flowing, what could be a better locale for the readings than a pub? Liam Flynn’s Ale House will be the venue for both events.

A 8 p.m. Sunday, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" will be read by a cast that includes Rosemary Knower as Mag Folan, Susan Rome as Maureen Folan, Bruce Nelson as Pato Dooley and Nathan Fulton as Ray Dooley.

The cast for the reading of "The Lonesome West" at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 offers Nelson in the role of Father Welsh, with Giti Jabaily (Girleen Kelleher), Nathan Cooper (Coleman Connor) and Rich Espy (Valene Connor).

Providing stage directions for both readings will be Genevieve de Mahy.


Posted by Tim Smith at 12:05 PM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Center Stage, Drama Queens, Everyman Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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