One of my absolute favorite things to do is help an entrepreneur, author, artist, creative person, painter, lawyer, you name it, get portraits that represent who they are. Portraits that can be used as part of their marketing portfolio to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the talented and beautiful Ferrell Marshall. Ferrell was recently cast in a dream role. She will be playing Maureen Folan in the The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, opening January 13, 2012. You will soon be able to see info and purchase tickets through The Production Company (www.theprodco.com). Here is a synopsis of the play:
The story is set in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara in the early 1990s. It takes place entirely in a shabby, poorly-lit kitchen, resulting in a claustrophobic sense of entrapment. The play centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her selfish and manipulative 70-year-old mother Mag. Maureen's sisters 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. 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 day-to-day sameness is tedious also for Ray, a non-threatening "bad boy". The glimmer of a last-chance romance between Maureen and Pato sparks up in the first act, and continues in the second one with a notable monologue of Pato. The plot, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals interspersed with turnabouts, keeps surprising the audience. Hopes are raised only to be dashed.
The goal of our session was to portray the character Ferrell will be playing so she can use the images for press and marketing. Below are some of my favorite portraits along with a quote that Ferrell provided from the play...
Sometimes I dream… Of anything. Of anything. Other than this.
~The Beauty Queen of Leenane~
by Martin McDonagh
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