OUTSIDE MULLINGAR directed by Dennis J. Loy
Set outside Mullinger, Ireland, playwright John Patrick Shanley presents a tale about two lifelong introverted misfit-neighbors who grow into adulthood caring for sick parents. Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon are middle-aged neighbors who each represent their own dilemmas. Anthony is “out of touch” with people who surround him as he lives life on his rural Irish cattle farm, painfully shy and a participant in a painful feud. His next-door neighbor, Rosemary, is full of pride, resulting in an unwillingness to show her true feelings for Anthony. She portrays a character in a struggle against emotion. Anthony’s father threatens to disinherit him, and a land-feud simmers between the two families. The playwright ably illustrates the many hardships of rural Irish life and the difficulties of finding one’s “other half.” Shanley’s play is an effective presentation of comedy, romance, and shadows, portraying a surprising depth of poetic passion as two yearning souls fight their way toward solid ground and some kind of happiness.
Rosemary Muldoon: Female, 40-49, a farmer’s daughter and a “tough cookie.” She deals with the realities of Irish farming as a bit of a tomboy, yet she has a romantic soul. She is single-minded, willful, patient and optimistic. She has a fervent but secret soul and plays the long-game.
Anthony Reilly: Male 40-49, a shy, intense dreamer who is also dutiful and quiet. His full, yearning heart masks a subdued manner, eternally sensitive and guarded to let love into his life for fear of getting hurt.
Tony Reilly: Male, 60-77. Anthony’s father, a wily old Irish farmer who is cantankerous, sly, and set in his ways. He is a fixture of the Irish county-side - proud, stubborn, and gruff.
Oeife (Efa) Muldoon: Female, 60-77. Rosemary’s mother in bad health and, when first introduced, grief-stricken because of the recent death of her husband. She is a sharp, straight-shooting “old bird” who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Weathered, opinionated, and set in her ways.
Thursday, June 7 (6:00 – 8:00)
Sunday, June 10 (2:00 – 4:00)
Monday, June 11 (6:00 – 8:00)
Auditions will be at Tellico Community Playhouse, 304 Lakeside Plaza, Loudon, TN
Scripts can be found in the Tellico Community Library
if all scrlipts are checked out please contact the director, Dennis Loy at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 4 – October 6
October 11 – October 14