June 8, 1998

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s debut play “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” wins four Tony awards for its 1998 Broadway production. Director Garry Hynes wins for best director, the first woman to do so at the Tonys. Marie Mullen wins best actress. Annie Manahan wins best supporting actress and Tom Murphy wins best supporting actor. The success of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” inspired McDonagh to complete his Leenane Trilogy with “A Skull in Connemara” and “The Lonesome West.”

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