Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination
BEST ACTOR! Brian F. O’Byrne
World premiere play by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes
with Brían F. O’Byrne, Debra Messing, Peter Maloney, Dearbhla Molloy
The award-winning team that brought you Doubt—Pulitzer, Oscar®, and Tony®-winning writer John Patrick Shanley and Tony-winning director Doug Hughes—reunite at MTC for the world-premiere romantic comedy OUTSIDE MULLINGAR.
Tony winner Brían F. O’Byrne (Frozen, Doubt, Million Dollar Baby) and Emmy® winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “Smash,” Collected Stories) play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, 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.
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR—Shanley’s tenth play at MTC—is a compassionate, delightful play about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. It’s kind of an “Irish Moonstruck.”
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.