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