NOVEMBER 3, 2019


FROM:  4th Street Theater, Sandy Assarian, 219-929-5533


RE:      Press Release





(a romantic comedy)


4th Street Theater presents John Patrick Shanley’s play, Outside Mullingar, Friday November 8th through Sunday November 24th.


John Patrick Shanley (born October 13, 1950) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. His play, Doubt: A Parable, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. He won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film Moonstruck.  The play is set in the Midlands of Ireland, and involves two farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, who live next to each other. Rosemary has been romantically interested in Anthony for all of her life. Anthony, however, is shy, and is unaware of Rosemary's feelings. Anthony does not like farming and his father plans to leave the farm to a nephew.  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. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

"Mr. Shanley's finest work since DOUBT…a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love." —NY Times. "

…”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.

"OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love." —NY Daily News.

The 4th Street Theater cast includes Anne Nicholls of Crown Point as Rosemary, Kevin Mellen of Michigan City as Anthony, Donald Beck of Michigan City as Tony (Anthony’s father), and Maggie Reister Walters of Valparaiso as Aoife (Rosemary’s mother).  Linda Pauli of Chesterton directed the play, Kevin Doler also of Chesterton created the set, Angela Heid of Kingsford Heights designed the lighting and sound, and Barbara Baker Malangoni of Valparaiso designed the costumes.

Outside Mullingar opens on Friday, November 8th and runs through Sunday, November 24th at the 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth Street in Chesterton.  November 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 pm and November 17 and 24 at 3:00 pm.  Reservations can be made by calling the theater at 219-926-7875 or by www.brownpapertickets.com on line.  Outside Mullingar is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY.





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