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Outside Mullingar

Outside Mullingar
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Patrick Shanley
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 52
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0822231638
ISBN-13: 9780822231639
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Outside Mullingar is a full-length dramatic romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley. Family farms, feuds and fences have separated neighbours Rosemary and Anthony since childhood. But as the heather blooms in the Irish countryside, unexpected charms are unearthed. Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award winning playwright John Patrick Shanley's wry, romantic comedy reminds us that love, early or late, always arrives on time.

Outside Mullingar is about the romance of Anthony and Rosemary, neighbours in rural Ireland, who are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Full of dark humour and poetic prose, Outside Mullingar is a compassionate, tenderhearted portrait reminds us it's never too late to take a chance on love.

Outside Mullingar premiered in 2014 on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, in a critically acclaimed production starring Tony winner Brian F. O'Byrne and Emmy winner Debra Messing, making her Broadway debut. The play enjoyed widespread acceptance among leading regional theatres, and is regularly performed in repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Outside Mullingar is a charmer of a play... In [Shanley's] first work set in Ireland, he lovingly tends the roots and tills the soil of his ancestry, spinning a tale suffused with melancholy humor and a deep yearning for heart, home, land, faith and a sense of belonging.... Shanley has a poet's ear for the lyrical music and twinkly humor of their dialogue." — Hollywood Reporter

"Outside Mullingar is a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love." — New York Daily News

"Wholly diverting... Mr. Shanley's finest work since Doubta softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love." — New York Times

"Deliciously funny, a twisted comedy about death and love that flirts with – and sometimes embraces – Irish cliches galore." — Vancouver Sun

"John Patrick Shanley has not written a more beautiful or loving play than Outside Mullingar." — Variety

"Here as in Moonstruck, Mr. Shanley is telling a tale of inhibition overcome by love, but he's translated it (so to speak) from Italian to Gaelic, and the results are both charming and dramatically persuasive." — Wall Street Journal

"The romantic tension is palpable and delightful." — LA Weekly

About the Playwright:

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Shanley has written some two dozen Off Broadway plays since the 1970s, but he is best known for Doubt, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. He has also written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Five Corners and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for original screenplay.

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