Cast and Creative Announced for Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer-winner, John Patrick Shanley’s New Romantic Comedy: ‘Outside Mullingar’

Cast and Creative Announced for Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer-winner, John Patrick Shanley’s New Romantic Comedy: ‘Outside Mullingar’
November, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – Nov. 16, 2015 – The complete cast and creative team have been announced for San Diego Repertory Theatre’s production of “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley, the fourth production of its 40th Anniversary Season. REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey directs his first production of the season, tackling Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar®-winner Shanley’s not-so-average romantic comedy set in Ireland. The show’s run begins Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 and runs through Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP.

Single tickets are now on sale and begin at $33. Student tickets for $20 are also available for all performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SDRep.org, by phone at 619-544-1000 or by visiting the box office at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

John Patrick Shanley, author of the wildly popular “Moonstruck,” returns once again to The REP with this new play about family, land and whether it’s ever too late to fall in love. REP audiences last saw his work in 2009 with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner “Doubt,” also directed by REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey.

A far cry from the darkness of “Doubt,” this romantic comedy is described by the New York Daily News as Shanley’s Irish “Valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love.” Taking on the pair of 40-somethings who find love are San Diego favorites, Manny Fernandes and Carla Harting. Fernandes (“Cabaret,” “A Christmas Carol”) is making his return to The REP after 16 years, playing the role of “Anthony.” He has received two San Diego Critics Circle awards for his performances in “Of Mice and Men” (Lennie) and “Golden Boy” (Tom Moody), both at New Village Arts. Harting (“Uncle Vanya,” “The Misanthrope”) is a REP favorite who will be returning to work once again with Salovey in the role of “Rosemary.” Harting brings along a career that includes the world premiere productions of Sarah Ruhl’s plays “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “Eurydice,” both productions in New York.

Joining them will be Ellen Crawford (“The Hostage,” “A Touch of the Poet”) as “Aoife,” who was last seen at The REP in “Walter Cronkite is Dead.” She is perhaps best known as “Nurse Lydia Wright” on the NBC series “ER.” Along with Crawford is her husband Mike Genovese (“Uncle Vanya,” “Death of a Salesman”) as “Tony,” who has appeared in numerous REP productions. “Outside Mullingar” serves as a reunion for the four castmates, who have all worked together and with Salovey in previous productions.

“The production brings together four talented actors and actresses – a cast of San Diego REP favorites who have been in several acclaimed roles for other shows we have done in the past, and is only fitting as we celebrate our 40th season,” said Salovey. “Stage and screen veterans Mike Genovese and Ellen Crawford, who are also a couple offstage, bring their witty and charismatic chemistry to this show.”

The creative team also includes Giulio Perrone (Scenic Designer), Anastasia Pautova (Costume Designer), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Designer), Heather M. Brose (Stage Manager), James Ramirez (Assistant Stage Manager), Grace Delaney (Assistant Director/Dialect Coach/Dramaturg), Zane Alcorn (Dramaturg) and Jacole Kitchen (Casting Director).

John Patrick Shanley (Playwright) is the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony winning writer best known for “Doubt” (2008), “Moonstruck” (1987) and “Alive” (1993). His play “Doubt” has won several awards for outstanding dramatic play including: the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2004-2005 Drama Desk Award and the 2005 Tony Award. The play is about a molestation charge in a Catholic school. Shanley was at the helm of the play’s film adaptation, which starred Oscar®-winning actors Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who both received acting award nominations for their performances in the film. “Moonstruck” won three Oscars in 1988, including one for Best Original Screenplay. According to a biography on the NYU website: “Shanley considers his Irishness more of a literal than social or cultural part of his identity, and attributes his creative nature to his Irish background. Though he grew up in a neighborhood that did not understand or appreciate his artistry and penchant for storytelling, a visit to the family farm in Ireland found him in a world where it was not only understood, but thought to be completely normal.”

Todd Salovey (Associate Artistic Director, San Diego REP) begins his 26th REP season. In the previous two seasons, he partnered with REP favorite Herbert Siguenza on “Steal Heaven,” “In the Time of the Butterflies,” and “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” which has also played at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Denver Center Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Center Arts Rep, Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Stage. Salovey’s many acclaimed REP shows include “A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing” and “The Blessing of a Broken Heart” which he also wrote, “The Dybbuk,” “King Lear,” the world premiere of Yehuda Hyman’s “The Mad Dancers,” “Hamlet” starring Jefferson Mays, “Uncle Vanya” and “Death of a Salesman” starring Michael Genovese, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Imaginary Invalid,” and “Three Hotels.” He is on the acting faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Salovey is the artistic director of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, which commissions new work exploring Jewish traditions in contemporary forms, which will celebrate its 23rd season in 2016.

San Diego REPertory Theatre’s production of “Outside Mullingar” is supported in part by the generosity of The Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation.

About “Outside Mullingar”

Anthony and Rosemary are over-the-hill 40-something locals living in a tiny village in rural Ireland. They haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. Painfully shy, Anthony has spent his entire life as a recluse on a cattle farm. Rosemary, the fiercely independent and quirky free spirit that lives next door, is determined to have him, and has since she was a young girl. But Rosemary is waiting on Anthony to make the first move.

Suddenly a wild, weird and hysterically funny family versus family feud erupts over a tiny patch of land. Soon a bonfire of a battle blazes between Rosemary and Anthony and their Ma (“Aoife”) and Da (“Tony”). Hope and togetherness are severely challenged, but the yearning for love of two eccentric souls is so great that they fight their way above the blaze toward happiness.