|MAG FOLAN||ELIZABETH DAILY|
|MAUREEN FOLAN||GRACE BROOKS|
|RAY DOOLEY||SCOTT FOISY|
|PATO DOOLEY||JEROME J. TORRES|
|The Beauty Queen of Leenane|
|Scenic Design||MARGIE SALVATORE|
|Lighting Design||MATT KIZER|
|Assistant Lighting Design||MATTHEW KADAM|
|Costume Design||SYDNEY MOQUIN|
|Master Electrician||SYDNEY MAVILLE|
|Stage Manager||ANNA SKALA|
|Assistant Stage Manager||MADALYN PERSONS-CUTTING|
|Dialect Coach||ELIZABETH DAILY|
|Properties Master||JESSE FREDETTE|
|Light Board Operator||GRACE GILBERT|
|Sound Board Operator||JOSEPH FRANCOEUR|
Leenane, a small town in Connemara, County Galway.
THERE WILL BE ONE 15 MIN INTERMISSION
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the beautiful town of Leenane, or Leenaun, on the northern edge of Connemara in the County Galway, Ireland. The deep green hills and quaint houses remind me of my time in Ireland, which makes this play close to home for me. I have loved everything to do with Ireland since I went there my senior year of college to take a ten-day acting intensive class at the American College of Dublin with my classmates from PSU. I fell in love with the dialect, the people, and the beautiful culture. I was elated when I was asked to direct Beauty Queen at Plymouth State because I knew I could use my love of the country to bring this play to life.
While studying this play, I had to find what I wanted to say with this production. The relationship between Mag and Maureen is so heart-wrenching. We see just a moment in the long life of these two women who have gone through so much, apart and together. I truly wonder if we will ever understand them or why they act the way they do, but I know from my own life, that we can’t always know what journey another has been on, but it is our job to respect that journey and try to understand.
The mother and daughter relationship is a complicated one. The mother is the provider of life, the protector, the teacher, then later in life, the friend and confidante while the daughter is the legacy, the future, and in the end, the caretaker. The relationship changes exponentially throughout a lifetime and change is hard, life is hard. This play shows us how complicated that relationship can be when it is used and abused and when is taken for granted. It reminds us to look at our own relationships with our mothers, daughters, sisters, fathers, brothers and that we are all people that need to be treated with love and respect.
The beauty of this play not only comes from the setting and the dialect, but also the complexity. Not one person is right or wrong, not one person is good or bad. My hope is that everyone will walk away with a different version of the play. Who was in the right? Who was wrong? How did it make them feel? That it will start a discussion or make you reevaluate a part of your life. That it will leave you feeling sad, mad, lonely, angry… anything because the beauty of theater is that it makes you feel.
GRACE FAY BROOKS (Maurenn Folan) is a 21-year-old senior with double majors in Psychology and Theatre Arts (Option in Acting), and minors in Dance and Standardized Patient Training. She has been seen in past PSU Productions of Dracula’s Decadent Dinner Party (Sherlock Holmes), Sweet Charity (Baseball Player & Angry Elevator Woman), and Much Ado About Nothing (Sister Francis & Messenger). She is excited to tackle her first show using a dialect and would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her growth and coming to one of her last performances at PSU!
MADALYN PERSONS-CUTTING (Assistant Stage Manager) is a first-year Theatre Design/Technology major with a focus in Stage Management! She has had the greatest time working as the Assistant Stage Manager on her first college production with this absolutely joyous bunch! Previous Stage Management credits include: Guys and Dolls, Seussical The Musical, The Laramie Project, The Crucible, and Nora’s Lost. She wishes broken eggs to all cast and crew, enjoy the show!
ELIZABETH DAILY, (Mag Folan) is a Professor of acting, voice/speech and American Sign Language at Plymouth State University. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; she is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique, completing her training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2018. Professional acting credits include roles at The Barnstormers, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, North Country Center for the Arts, New Hampshire Theatre Project, Advice to the Players, Stage One Productions, Canterbury Shaker Village, the Belknap Mill Society and Little Church Theater. Her most recent role was in Deathtrap (Helga ten Dorp). Other professional work includes directing, voice-over, voice/speech coaching and individual or group Alexander Technique lessons. She has directed and enjoys devised physical theatre productions, musicals and straight plays. Recent most directing credits include: Quilters, Mary Poppins, Shadows, Merrily We Roll Along, The Birthday Party, Dottie, Dracula and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Thanks to all the fabulous cast and production crew for a fun collaboration!
SCOTT FOISY (Ray Dooley) is a senior Theatre Arts major with an option in Acting. Some of his recent credits include Our Town (Joe Stoddard), Game Night (Jesse) Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio), Danny Zuko (Grease). He also works with the University System of New Hampshire as a simulated patient. He is also the Business Director of Plymouth State’s all male A Cappella group, Vocal Order. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting his career and passion.
ANNA SKALA (Stage Manager) hesitantly calls herself a first year transfer here at PSU, originally from the corn fields of Illinois and one year wiser from UConn. She is a shepherd’s pie of musical and technical theatre and thinks the whole ordeal is extremely neat. This is her first “oh-fish-al” stage managing experience and is grateful for the opportunity. She assumes you’ve probably never seen her in a production, so she won’t list them for you to skim over. She offers blessings to her family, friends and associates near and far.
MARGIE SALAVATORE (Scenic Design)- graduated Plymouth State University in 2015 with a concentration in Theatrical Design and a minor in Art History. From there, she’s managed to keep herself firmly in the arts in some way or another. In 2018 she spent the year making roots in Wellington, New Zealand completing a Graduate program in Spatial design, at Massey University. While concentrating in both performance and exhibition design, she also was heavily involved as an art department hand doing stop motion, puppet making, and puppeteering. Currently, she works as a gallery/framing assistant, along with being a freelance artist. She’d like to thank her friends, family, and especially Catherine, Matt, Bob, and Paul for their superbness throughout this production and inviting her to create and collaborate back at Plymouth State University.
JEROME J. TORRES (Pato Dooley) is a senior Music Theatre major and is thrilled to be performing as Pato Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Past PSU credits include Bert in Mary Poppins, Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity, and various ensemble roles in Merrily We Roll Along, Our Town, Oedipus The King, and The Trial. Over the summer, Jerome performed in West Side Story and Evita at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. He is very thankful to those who have made his education and performing possible!
An Enemy of the People
February 26 – 29, 2020
The battleground is set in Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic An Enemy of the People. This late-nineteenth century drama, which is peppered with comic exaggeration, features a clash between science and politics, public health and environmental issues and town economics, and facts and alternative facts. As the play opens, Dr. Thomas Stockmann, the medical officer for the Municipal Baths, has discovered that the town’s natural spas, which are a major attraction, are infected with bacteria and dangerous to the wellbeing of any potential user. He intends to announce his findings in the town newspaper. Peter Stockmann, the town mayor and Thomas’ supervisor, as well as his brother, does not want the public alarmed by this information. In this manner, the battle between brother and brother is set. Tensions rise throughout the play and eventually grow into a full riot as Dr. Stockmann is declared to be “an enemy of the people.” Has science, the public welfare, and truth been abandoned or will Dr. Stockmann ultimately win his fight? An Enemy of the People is directed by Timothy L’Ecuyer.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
March 26 – April 4, 2020
This exceptionally funny, fast-paced musical, which won the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, provides audiences with embarrassing gaffes, hilarious mishaps, and escalating laughs. In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee a half-dozen tweens compete for the ultimate title of “Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion.” As each competitor journeys towards victory or defeat, they openly share their life experiences, hopes, dreams, ambitions, and insecurities. As we get to know each speller, the musical twists and turns from being hysterically funny to beautifully touching. With a brilliantly crafted book by Rachel Sheinkin and an engaging and dynamic score by William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the perfect show for audiences of all ages. By the way, audience members have a shot at the title too! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is directed by Fran Page with choreography by Lisa Travis and music directed by Cassandra Cutting.
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Silver Center Staff
|Events/Business Coordinator||SUREYA ENNABE|
|Production Coordinator/House Manager||SUSANNE HASTINGS|
|Assistant House Managers||DEB ESPOSITO,
|Technical Director||BOB BREUMMER|
|Assistant Technical Director||HEATHER MANFREDI|
|Master Electrician||MICHAEL PORTRIE|
|Box Office Manager||RYAN PICARD|
|Box Office Staff||SCOTT BELLEFEUILLE
|Production Staff||ALICIA EDGAR
|Costume Shop Manager/Resident Designer||DANEÉ GRILLO|
|Costume Technicians||SYDNEY MOQUIN,