Playmakers Repertory Company of Chapel Hill, NC, has replaced the final show of its 1998-99 season, George Kelly's The Show-Off, with Martin McDonagh's Irish drama The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The change was apparently made when the company learned it was able to secure the rights to the latter play. Theatre spokesperson Pam O'Connor said Playmakers was one of only five regional theatres to secure those rights; the play has been a hit on Broadway since transferring from Off Broadway there last spring.
Beauty will run at Playmakers Mar. 10-Apr. 4.
The PlayMakers season will open with Shakespeare's tale of revenge and forgiveness, The Tempest (Sept. 23-Oct. 18) and continue with Moises Kaufman's Off-Broadway hit, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Oct. 28-Nov. 22).
Next in the line-up is a one-man holiday presentation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2-20), performed by Ray Dooley and adapted by William Leach.
The Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley musical Violet will receive its Southeastern premiere at PlayMakers Apr. 21-May 16, 1999. The Richard Rodgers Award-winner, about a country girl who travels cross country in the hope that a televangelist will heal her scarred face, will close the company 's 1998-99 season. The season's fourth slot (Feb. 3-28, 1999) is yet to be decided, though Emily Mann's Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years is being considered.