From Irishman playwright John Patrick Shanley (by way of the Bronx) – winner of an Oscar, a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize – comes the touching, funny and very Irish tale of Outside Mullingar, a dandy love story with its roots in the emerald sod of the land of leprechauns and life-long resentments. Set in the shadow of a trip to the cemetery, the story starts with the newly widowed Mrs. Aoife Muldoon visiting her nearest neighbor Tony Reilly to discuss the disputed easement that separates their humble farms. The families’ entrenched grudges about the land and the perceived slights felt by each vividly demonstrate the stubbornness only an Irishman (or woman) can exhibit, defend and endlessly enjoy.
And included in this lyrical and comedic display of fireworks and blarney are the next generation of hard heads, daughter Rosemary Muldoon and son Anthony Reilly, who have a lingering argument over an incident decades ago when she was 6 years old and he tripped her and made her cry. Rosemary turns her fierce temper on Anthony because she’s been secretly pining for his attention, or more, ever since that day he tripped her. Then she unloads on Old Man Reilly about his plans for the farm after he passes on, and we’re only in the top of scene 3.
Shanley’s incisive writing captures the way men and women deal with the disappointments of life mixed in with relishing the joy of living moment-to-moment, be it in a city or village, or the middle of nowhere. From Moonstruck to Danny and the Deep Blue Sea to Sailor’s Song to Doubt: A Parable, he has looked at the needs of imperfect human beings living lives empowered by hope and romance in the face of darkness under a bright full moon – most Shanley plays feature men and women looking up at the moon, something he did as a child on the roof of the building in the Bronx where he grew up.
“Shanley has not written a more beautiful or loving play than Outside Mullingar” —VARIETY
“A soft-hearted comedy freckled with reflections on life and the thorns of love” —NEW YORK TIMES
“Romance never goes out of style, and if ever there were a time when we could use a laugh and a happy cry, it’s right now. Shanley’s play – an audience charmer, touchingly sweet, flagrantly sentimental – will warm your holidays” —LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A charmer of a play. A tender paean to rural life, to the Irish spirit, and to the enduring belief that love will find a way” —HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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Casting of Carlsbad Playreaders productions usually is done at the discretion of the director. Occasionally the director will hold limited, by-invitation-only auditions. Rarely does Playreaders hold open auditions for any one particular production. Information regarding future auditions will be posted on this website and our Facebook page.
All Carlsbad Playreaders events are held in the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.
There is no set charge for attendance at Carlsbad Playreaders performances.
$5 General Admission
No reservations necessary