About The Show

The beauty queen of leenane

Pinnacle Acting Company presents The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, directed by Jared Larkin. Running June 13-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2019 at 7:30PM with a 2PM matinee on June 29.

Set in a dingy cottage in a remote part of Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a lonely woman in her early forties, and her aging and dependent mother, Mag. Constantly at her mother’s beck and call, Maureen takes revenge by feeding her lumpy Complan and hurling the occasional insult. Escape comes in the form of Pato Dooley, who is about to go to Boston. When Mag interferes once too often, Maureen decides the time has come to break free.

This multiple Tony Award Winning play is written by the same acclaimed author as In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh. One of his several Irish dark comedies, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a brutally surprising and darkly comedic story that captures the monotonous life of mother and daughter in rural Galway.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Awards and nominations

1996 Olivier Awards
  • BBC Award for Play of the Year (Nomination)
1998 Tony Awards
1998 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Play (winner)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Play – Marie Mullen (nomination)
Other awards
Photo By: Gavan Nelson


Melanie Nelson - Maureen

Melanie Nelson


MELANIE NELSON received her BA from Southern Utah University and her MFA from Southern Methodist University. Favorite roles with Pinnacle include: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Sara in Time Stands Still, Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, Emma in Betrayal, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, Chris in Dancing At Lughnasa, and Annie in The Real Thing; as well as Abbie in Desire Under the Elms (Sting & Honey Company), Electra in Electra (Classical Greek Theatre Festival), Karen in August: Osage County (Silver Summit/Utah Rep), Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mariah in Twelfth Night (Salt Lake Shakespeare), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Greer Garson Theater) and Ophelia in Hamlet (Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park). Melanie is a Co-Artistic Director of Pinnacle Acting Company and of the Classical Greek Theatre Festival. She teaches at West- minster College and hosts The Megaplex Mega Preshow.

Teresa Sanderson - Mag

Teresa Sanderson


TERESA SANDERSON has been a Theatre Maker along the Wasatch Front for 30 plus years. An Actor, Director, Producer, and Stage Manager. Favorite acting roles include. Rose in Gypsy, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolfe, Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Vivian Bearing in Wit and Eleanor in Lion in Winter. Favorite directing projects include, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, I and You, Marie Antoinette, and Caroline or Change. Teresa is happy to be back with her friends at Pinnacle Acting Company.

Cal Crnich - Ray

Cal Crnich


CALLAHAN R. CRNICH is thrilled to be making his debut with Pinnacle Acting Company. He is a recent graduate from Weber State University with a BA in Acting/Directing. Notable credits at Weber State include Cripple Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Orhan in Where Words Once Were, Director in Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Caliban in The Tempest. He would like to thank his family for all their support.

Nick Dunn - Pato

Nick Dunn


NICHOLAS DUNN is very excited to be working with Pinnacle Acting Company for the first time, especially on this play. Previous Utah credits include Pioneer Theatre Company (42nd Street, Romeo & Juliet, Othello), The Lyric Theatre Company (Amadeus, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Big River, Private Lives, Mousetrap), Wasatch Theatre Company (Dinner, Wit), and the Grand Theatre (Inherit the Wind), and on screen with Magnolia Pictures, the WB, KUED, and a number of commercials and industrials. Also a writer, his work has been seen at Kingsbury Hall with the University of Utah Youth Theatre, Wasatch Theatre Company, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and with HBO, BYUTV, and Vineyard Productions. Nick holds a BFA from the University of Utah in Acting and an MFA in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, and currently teaches in the theatre department at the U of U.