Press Release: ​​​​​Outside Mullingar

John Patrick Shanley’s Irish comedy, Outside Mullingar, is Up Next at South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​​​Feb. ​13, 2020)—South Coast Repertory Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei this week welcomed the cast of Outside Mullingar for the start of rehearsals. The romantic Irish comedy by John Patrick Shanley is directed by SCR Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson, with performances on the Julianne Argyros Stage, March 8-29. Tickets are available at

Benson—who co-founded SCR and has directed more than 125 plays over the theatre’s 56 seasons—loves a good Irish tale. And Shanley’s play is no exception.

“It’s a beautiful love story, with a bittersweet edge, about two people who are in love, but can’t admit it to each other or to themselves,” Benson said. “I also enjoy the connection to the land because it also becomes another character in the play.”

The New York Times called Outside Mullingar “a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections,” The Hollywood Reporter proclaimed it “a charmer of a play” and The New York Daily News termed it “a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love.”

Shanley is from The Bronx, New York. His plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Dirty Story, Defiance, Beggars in the House of Plenty and Storefront Church. His theatrical works are performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. As a screenwriter, he has nine films to his credit including Doubt, which he also directed and which was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay. For his script of Moonstruck, he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award from the Writers Guild of America.

The cast features Richard Doyle, an SCR founding artist who joined the company its early years and teamed with Benson on several Irish plays; Lynn Milgrim; Devon Sorvari; and Scott Ferrara.

The design and creative team includes Thomas Buderwitz, scenic design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz, lighting design; Vincent Olivier, sound design; Philip D. Thompson, dialect coach; Beth Lopes, assistant director; and Joann DeNaut, CSA, casting. The stage manager is Michael Friedlander.

This production has generous support from Honorary Producers Julianne and George Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation.

Tickets start at $24. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for ​Outside Mullingar

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run March 8-29; low-priced previews run March 8-12 Ticket prices start at $24. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.

Performance Dates, Times: 


  • Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 10, 11 and 12, at 7:45 p.m.
    Note: Friday, Feb. 13, is an invitation-only performance

Regular performances
Special note: There are no Monday performances.


  • Tuesdays-Sundays, March 17-22; and March 24-28, at 7:45 p.m.
    Note: There is no evening performance on Sunday, March 29.


  • Saturdays-Sundays, March 14-15; March 21-22; March 27-28, at 2 p.m.

ASL-interpreted: Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussion: On Tuesday, March 10, stay after the show for a discussion with members of the creative design team for Outside Mullingar. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Talkbacks: On Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, stay after the show to discuss the play with the cast of Outside Mullingar. These free post-show discussions are led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Artistic Director Post-Show Conversation: On Thursday, March 19, stay after the show for a conversation with David Ivers, SCR’s artistic director. He’ll chat about the show, the theatre and what’s on audience members’ minds.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Outside Mullingar. The program includes a tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Upcoming Productions: The Scarlett Letter by Kate Hamill, world premiere, March 28-April 25; I Get Restless by Caroline V. McGraw, world premiere, April 12-May 3; Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, May 9-June 6; and Dory Fantasmagory by John Glore, world premiere, May 22-June 7 (Theatre for Young Audiences). The annual showcase of new works, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, runs April 24-26.

Complete information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s 533 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.