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February 10, 2017 | Theatre,

On Isolation


In a small house in the mountains of Ireland, a lonely spinster locks horns with her house-bound, manipulative mother in a rage-filled battle of the wills. Written by Ireland’s most important, contemporary playwright, Martin McDonagh’s (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan), The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far. Critics and audience members often speak of how large of a factor isolation plays into the plot, both in the literal and metaphorical sense, and so to prepare audiences to go down that lonely rabbit hole, we hereby present a collection of quotes with interesting thoughts about the concept of isolation. We hope you can join us at the theatre!


“I am in no way different from anyone else, that my predicament, my sense of aloneness or isolation may be precisely what unites me with everyone.” – Franz Wright


“I like the idea of isolation, I like the idea of solitude. You can be connected and have a phone and still be lonely.” –Paul Theroux


“The power of storytelling is to free us from isolation, shame, and whatever the situation.” – Patricia McCormick



“I don’t doubt that a man can live perfectly well on his own, but I’m convinced that he begins to die as soon as he closes the door of his house behind him”- Jose Saramago


“No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.” –Daisaku Ikeda


The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs FEB 8 – 26 at the Emerson/Paramount Center

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