Outside Mullingar
​by ​John Patrick Shanley
directed by Martin Benson
March 8, 2020 - March 29, 2020

All performances of Outside Mullingar has been canceled. The video of the show is no longer available.

A “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. Destiny—whether embracing or fighting it—means everything in this very Irish story told with a rich tapestry of language, compassion and a few surprises.

Recommendation: ​High school and above. Contains haze and the smoking of non-toxic electronic cigarettes.

John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. He was thrown out of St. Helena’s kindergarten. He was banned from St. Anthony’s hot lunch program for life. He was expelled from Cardinal Spellman High School. He was placed on academic probation by New York University and instructed to appear before a tribunal if he wished to return. When asked why he had been treated in this way by all these institutions, he burst into tears and said he had no idea. Then he went into the United States Marine Corps. He did fine. He’s still doing okay.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.


Richard Doyle (Tony Reilly) is an SCR Founding Artist, last seen in the 40th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol (his 36th year). He also was seen in Kings, Rest and The Weir, among more than 200 SCR productions. His other favorites include Holy Days; The Beard of Avon; You, Nero; Men’s Singles; Unsuitable for Adults (U.S. premiere); Playland; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Crucible; Intimate Exchanges; Cyrano; A View from the Bridge; Of Mice and Men; and, from SCR’s Third Step Theatre, The Tavern by George M. Cohan. Live stage is Doyle’s first love, but he has also kept busy with film and television including a longtime continuing role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers” and several roles in “M*A*S*H,” as well as Air Force One, Mass Appeal and the independent feature, Abduction of Angie (a job he booked on St Patrick’s Day, which seems appropriate to mention). Voice acting brought him face to face with the genesis of his love for live performance: storytelling. His work as an animation voiceover actor ranges from “Sky Commanders” and The Chimp Channel, to video and motion capture, performances in dozens of video games, like “MGS 3” as Big Boss, to podcasts like “Exeter” and “Solve.” A decade ago, Doyle was noticed by The Pageant of the Masters and tapped to be the live show narrator for this unique event, where he enjoins the audience to “enjoy the show.” Here at SCR, he likewise hopes that you “Enjoy the Show!”


Scott Ferrara (Anthony Reilly) is delighted to be making his debut at South Coast Repertory. His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Lincoln Center Theater), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Mystery Plays and Avow. His regional credits include To Fool the Eye, The School for Scandal, Misalliance, Julius Caesar (Guthrie Theater); Hamlet, The Pillowman, Amy’s View (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (The Old Globe Theatre); The Rivals (Huntington Theatre); A Silent Woman (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); The Mystery Plays (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Real Thing (Pasadena Playhouse); and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Antaeus Theatre Company). His television and film credits include “Modern Family,” “24” and The Brink. He is a certified assistant teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Ferrara holds an MFA from The Old Globe/University of San Diego. scottferrara.com, voice-and-presence.com


Lynn Milgrim (Aoife Muldoon) appeared at SCR previously in A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Robby Award), Rest, The Trip to Bountiful, The Heiress, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bosoms and Neglect, The Countess, Death of a Salesman and Pygmalion. On Broadway, she was seen in Otherwise Engaged, directed by Sir Harold Pinter; Bedroom Farce, directed by Sir Peter Hall; Charley’s Aunt; and in the international tour of Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by Gene Saks. Her off-Broadway appearances include Win/Lose/Draw, Echoes, Macbeth, Crimes of Passion, City Scene, Talking With and Ribcage at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Close of Play and Museum at New York Shakespeare Festival. She has played leading roles in regional theatres nationwide including the Los Angeles productions of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Harvey, Eastern Standard (Robby Award), Treasure Hunt (Robby Award nomination), Accelerando and Brush Strokes and has just completed a run of Arsenic and Old Lace at La Mirada Theatre. She has guest-starred on numerous television shows, most recently “Chicago Med” and “The Fosters,” and has been a series regular in pilots for CBS and ABC. She is a member of The Antaeus Theatre Company, where she appeared in Tonight at 8:30, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler (Robby Award nomination), The Malcontent (Stage-SceneLA Award for outstanding performance by a featured actress) and Wedding Band (Ovation Award nomination). 


Devon Sorvari (Rosemary Muldoon) is thrilled to return to SCR after playing the “plot twist” in the world premiere of The Siegel (2017). Her other theatre credits include Elaine Robinson in the first national tour of The Graduate and productions at Lincoln Center Theater (Ah, Wilderness!), Mark Taper Forum (The School for Scandal), The Cape Playhouse (Inherit the Wind), Alley Theatre (A Christmas Carol), Philadelphia Theatre Company (The Play About the Baby), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing), Cleveland Playhouse (The Imaginary Invalid), Buffalo Studio Arena (Summer and Smoke), Syracuse Stage (Romeo and Juliet), The Mint (Pericles), HERE (Greed Flood), Expanded Arts (As You Like It), Tribeca Lab (Macbeth), A Noise Within (The Illusion), L.A. Theatre Works (Oslo, Uncle Vanya, Cyrano de Bergerac and others) and The Crucible and others at the Antaeus Theatre Company. Her film credits include He’s Watching, directed by Steven Brand, and dying a gory death in Hellraiser: Revelations. Her television credits include “The Mentalist” and recurring roles on “Gilmore Girls” and “ER.” She is also an award-winning audiobook narrator and is a grateful graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Special thanks to Jason Duff. devonsorvari.com

Creative Team

Martin Benson (Director) has directed 125 of SCR’s productions. In 2008, he and Founding Artistic Director David Emmes received the Margo Jones Award for their lifetime commitment to theatre excellence and fostering the art and craft of American playwriting. They also accepted SCR’s 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Resident Professional Theatre and won the 1995 Theatre LA Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement. Benson has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Directing an unparalleled seven times for George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Misalliance and Heartbreak House; John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Sally Nemeth’s Holy Days; and the world premiere of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, which he also directed at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Houston’s Alley Theatre. He has directed American classics such as A Streetcar Named Desire and has distinguished himself in staging contemporary work including the critically acclaimed California premiere of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands. He directed revivals of Beth Henley’s Abundance and Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful; Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale and Rest (world premiere); The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; and The Roommate by Jen Silverman (west coast premiere). Benson received his BA in theatre from San Francisco State University.

Thomas Buderwitz (Scenic Design) previously designed The Monster Builder, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe (co-design with Dominique Serrand), The Whale, The Prince of Atlantis, The Trip to Bountiful, Three Days of Rain, The Weir, Crimes of the Heart, Putting It Together, Collected Stories, The Heiress, Doubt, Pig Farm, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, A Delicate Balance, A Christmas Carol (18 previous seasons), But Not for Me and 2007-16 Galas for SCR. He has designed for other theatres including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Intiman Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Boston Court Pasadena, A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Buderwitz has received six Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. His television designs include specials and series for every major broadcast and cable network. He has been honored with three Emmy Award nominations and an Art Directors Guild Award nomination. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) is very pleased to be collaborating again with director Martin Benson. She is a costume and set designer with more than 120 productions in local and regional theatres. Her recent credits include Into the Breeches at Asolo Repertory Theatre and Cleveland Play House, Shakespeare in Love at Alliance Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare, Sweet Charity at Freud Playhouse at UCLA and Gem of the Ocean and Buried Child at A Noise Within, where she’s a resident artist. Her work has been seen at Cleveland Play House, Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, The Old Globe, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Georgia Shakespeare, Laguna Playhouse, Antaeus Theatre Company and other theatres in Southern California. She has garnered awards including the LA and Cleveland Drama Critic’s circles, Ovation and Backstage and Drama Logue awards. She has 16 film production credits in the U.S. and her native Romania, where she trained at the Academy of Arts N. Grigorescu in Bucharest, Romania, with an MFA in set and costume design.

Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Design) is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, where he is the head of the lighting design program. He has designed for various regional theatres such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Among the productions he has designed at SCR are The Whipping Man, Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy, 4,000 Miles, Three Days of Rain, La Posada Mágica, Saturn Returns, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Doubt and My Wandering Boy. His recent designs include Opera Festival on Ice for Bietak Production (Muscat, Oman); Macbeth, Cymbeline and No Child at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Mojada at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage; Murder for Two at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Center REPertory Company (Walnut Creek, Calif.); All is Calm at Alabama Shakespeare Festival; and SEED: A Weird Act of Faith for Cornerstone Theater Company, where he is an associate artist. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829/International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. His complete design portfolio can be found at lradesigns.com.

Vincent Olivieri (Sound Design) is pleased to return to SCR for Outside Mullingar. His previous projects include Sheepdog, Five Mile Lake, Jitney, Emilie—La Marquíse Du Chatelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Theatre at Cirey Tonight, Feminine Ending and Noises Off. His Broadway credits include the design and score for High and his off-Broadway design credits include The Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum, The God Botherers and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. His New York City and regional credits include productions with The Geffen Playhouse (Ovation Award nominations), Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award), Portland Center Stage, Center Stage (Baltimore), Barrington Stage Company, The Juilliard School, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Entertainment Award), Virginia Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival. He has created designs for world-premiere productions by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten Greenidge, Lauren Gunderson, Charles L. Mee, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck and August Wilson. For three years, Olivieri was the resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at University of California, Irvine. soundandstage.net/sound.

​Philip D. Thompson (Accent Coach) teaches at UC-Irvine and works as a voice and accent coach for professional and university productions. He is certified as a master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, is the co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and is the past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He is the head of voice and text at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has served as resident coach there since 1999, coaching more than 100 productions. He has coached at Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others including numerous productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This is his 33rd production at SCR.

Beth Lopes (Assistant Director) is delighted to be back at SCR after directing last season’s The Velveteen Rabbit and Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook the season before. Lopes received a BFA in drama from New York University and an MFA in directing from UC-Irvine. Her recent projects include The Two Gentlemen of Verona with New Swan Shakespeare Festival, where she is an associate artistic director; and Romeo and Juliet: Hard Way Home, a hybrid of Shakespeare’s play and the music of Brandi Carlile, with CalRep. She is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers. For more information, visit her website: bethlopes.com.

Michael Friedlander (Stage Manager) is excited and thrilled to be working with South Coast Repertory. He is a recent transplant to Los Angeles, hailing from New York City for the last six years; he’s originally from Kansas City. His select theatre credits, among more than 30 productions in his career, range from off-Broadway to regional theatres to national tours and include Key Largo (Geffen Playhouse); Everything is Illuminated (Ensemble Theatre Company); The Magic Castle (Academy of Magical Arts); The Stone Witch (Brierpatch Productions); Cagney the Musical (El Portal Theatre); Rock of Ages (Center REPertory Company); First Noel (Apollo Theater); Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse); Tail! Spin! (DR Theatrical Management); Hello, Dolly! (Big League Productions); Romeo N Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem); The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Roundabout Theatre); Blood Brothers (Astoria Performing Arts Center, NY); and Lost in Yonkers (The Actors Company Theatre, NYC). He also has worked on numerous events for the Actors Fund, Vineyard Theatre, the Dramatists Guild of America and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him in such a rewarding career.

Rubén Bolívar (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working on his 11th production at South Coast Repertory. Some of his favorite credits at SCR include Photograph 51, Sugar Plum Fairy, Nate the Great, Sense and Sensibility and The Wizard of Oz. His other ASM credits include Daddy Long Legs and Cardboard Piano (International City Theatre) and the world premiere of The Central Park Five (Long Beach Opera). Bolívar has a BA in theatre arts from California State University, Fullerton.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Richard Doyle, Devon Sorvari and Lynn Milgrim in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Richard Doyle, Scott Ferrara and Lynn Milgrim in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Scott Ferrara and Richard Doyle in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Devon Sorvari and Scott Ferrara in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Scott Ferrara and Devon Sorvari in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Devon Sorvari and Scott Ferrara in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Lynn Milgrim and Richard Doyle in "Outside Mullingar." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
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