TAPA will be holding auditions for the critically acclaimed drama The Beauty Queen of Leenane in June. Set in a small village in northern Ireland, The Beauty Queen of Leenane centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70-year-old, selfish and manipulative mother Mag. Sisters of Maureen have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by Pato Dooley and his younger brother Ray. Pato is a middle-aged construction worker fed up with having to live and work in England, disappointed by the limitations and loneliness of his life. The sameness of its day-to-day routine is tedious also for his brother, a non-threatening “bad boy” Ray.

Auditions will be held at The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on Saturday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m. Audition packets will be available at the Tillamook County Library on Wednesday June 9th. In addition to the material contained in the audition packet, those who are interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a 2-3 minute comedic or dramatic monologue of their choice. If you’d like to receive an audition packet via email, or if you have any questions, please send a request to director Robert Buckingham at Rehearsals will begin in July and performances will be September 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, 2010.

1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
1998 Drama League Award for Best Play
1998 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
1998 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Broadway Play

1998 Drama Critics’ Circle Award
1998 Tony Award for Best Play