• Women’s History Month: SCR Highlights Talented Playwrights and Directors

    by 
    SCR Staff
     | Mar 23, 2020
    Women's History Month

    In 1987, the month of March was officially designated as Women’s History Month, giving the United States a reminder to recognize powerful and influential women throughout history. South Coast Repertory would not be the theatre it is today without the talented and unique women who have written a range of plays, directed exceptional productions, staged readings and more. Read on to meet some of these prominent women throughout SCR’s history.

    An Overview of Women Directors

    Casey Stangl: Sense and Sensibility (2018); The Sisters Rosensweig (2018); Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business; In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play; Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; Anastasia Krupnik; James and the Giant Peach; Venus in Fur; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; The Light Princess; Flora & Ulysses; The Siegel and Ella Enchanted as well as numerous Pacific Playwrights Festival (PPF) and NewSCRipts readings.

    Jessica Kubzansky: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Orange and numerous PPF and NewSCRipts readings.

    Shelley Butler: James and the Giant Peach; Charlotte’s Web; The Brand New Kid; A Wrinkle in Time; The Borrowers; OZ 2.5; A Doll’s House, Part 2 and many PPF and NewSCRipts readings.

    May Adrales: Poor Yella Rednecks (2019), Little Black Shadows (2018); Vietgone and various PPF and NewSCRipts readings.

    Beth Lopes: The Velveteen Rabbit, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. Set to direct Our Town in 2020-21.

    Pam MacKinnon: The Parisian Woman; Completeness; Becky Shaw and Our Mother’s Brief Affair.

    Seret Scott: Crumbs from the Table of Joy; The Piano Lesson; Fences and Topdog/Underdog.

    Amy Brenneman

    For SCR’s upcoming 2020-21 season, celebrated actress Amy Brenneman (Heat, “Judging Amy,” “The Leftovers,” “Goliath”) wrote and will star in the world premiere of Threshold (Sept. 27-Oct. 18, Julianne Argyros Stage), directed and choreographed by Sabrina Peck. In this autobiographical journey infused with music and movement, Brenneman takes us along as she learns how to become a true ally to her daughter Charlotte, born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. Funny, poignant and powerful, Threshold takes a bold look at preconceptions of disability, what we consider “normal,” and the promise/challenge of a truly inclusive society. Amy has taught drama and creative process at UCLA, Harvard and the CHIME Charter school, which specializes in educating children of all abilities. Additionally, she directed the documentary The Way the World Should Be about special education in America. Her original writings have appeared in the literary journal HOW, The Hollywood Reporter and the Huffington Post. She has performed original spoken word pieces at SPARK, En Garde Arts and The Yard and was asked to write the spoken word piece “Hashtag Shameless” which has now been performed at various venues. Her podcast The Challengers can now be heard on Apple Podcasts.

    AmyFreed

    Amy Freed has been an important playwright to South Coast Repertory since her first SCR commission, Freedomland.(1997). Freed’s writing is commonly focused in on the human condition, which creates a relatable setting for her intricate dramas. Her other plays include The Beard of Avon (SCR commission, 2001), Safe in Hell (SCR commission, 2004), Restoration Comedy (NewSCRipts reading, 2005), You, Nero (SCR commission, 2009) The Monster Builder (Pacific Playwrights Festival Reading, 2010, and production, 2017) and SHREW! (an SCR commission, running March 24-April 21, 2018, on the Segerstrom Stage). Her additional plays include Them That Are Perfect, Restoration Comedy, The Psychic Life of Savages, Still Warm and Claustrophilia. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Freedomland and also received the Joseph Kesselring Award and the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for The Psychic Life of Savages. Freed’s plays have been produced in numerous venues including the Arena Stage, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, The Flea, Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, The Canadian Stage Company and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She calls San Francisco home, where she is an artist-in-residence at Stanford University.

    LaurenYee

    Playwright Lauren Yee has been earning raves since her play, King of Yees, debuted last year at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and at the Center Theatre Group in LA. ​Cambodian Rock Band, was developed and premiered at SCR in 2018 and had its off-Broadway debut this year. With her plays quickly rising in popularity, Yee is in great demand. Her current and upcoming productions include The Great Leap, The Song of Summer, Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, In a Word and Samsara. Her numerous awards and honors include Kesselring Prize, Francesca Primus Prize an upcoming Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, as well as the top two plays on the 2017 Kilroys List (for Cambodian Rock Band and The Great Leap). She is an American Theatre Critics Association/Harold Steinberg Award winner and was a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize. Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and an alumna playwright of the Playwrights Realm and is currently commissioned by the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Trinity Repertory.

    Karen Zacarías, a popular playwright and SCR regular, has been called the most-produced Latina playwright in the country by the National Endowment for the Arts and noted as one of the top 10 produced playwrights by American Theatre Magazine. Her recent works produced on SCR stages include Destiny of Desire (Segerstrom Stage, 2016) and Ella Enchanted: The Musical (Theatre for Young Audiences, 2017). Some of Zacarías’ other plays include Native Gardens, Olivério: A Brazilian Twist, Into the Beautiful North, The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, as well as the adaptations of Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Zacarías has produced 10 theatre for young audiences musicals (including Ella Enchanted: The Musical) with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. Zacarías is a resident playwright at the Arena Stage and is a founder of the Latino Theatre Commons. She is the founder of the Young Playwrights’ Theatre, which teaches playwriting in the local public schools in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband and three children.

    Lauren Gunderson was named the most-produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017. Her works at SCR include Silent Sky (commission/premiere, 2011) and Emilie: Le Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight (commission, 2009). ​Works include Ada and the Engine, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!, Background, Bauer, The Book of Will, By and By, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Eye of the Beheld, I and You, Leap, Miss Bennet, Parts They call Deep, Rock Creek: Southern Gothic, The Revolutionists, The Taming, Toil & Trouble, and We Are Denmark. ​She is also a screenwriter and short story author. A native of Atlanta, Ga., she received her BA in English and creative writing from Emory University and her MFA in dramatic writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

    Julia Cho’s plays are familiar to SCR audiences, ​such as Aubergine (Segerstrom Stage, 2019), The Language Archive (Segerstrom Stage, 2010), The Piano Teacher (Argyros Stage, 2007) and Office Hour (Argyros Stage, 2016), all of which were produced at South Coast Repertory. Cho is recognized for her other plays including Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. A resident playwright at the New Dramatists since 2004, Cho’s works have been produced at venues such as the Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop and East West Players, among others. She has been the recipient of various awards including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. An alumna of both Juilliard School and NYU’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program, Cho’s play Durango was named one of the Top 10 plays of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Announcing Our 57th Season

    by 
    Tania Thompson
     | Mar 16, 2020

    20-21 Season Logo

    Lineup Includes World Premieres, Classics, Family Friendly Shows and Collaborations

    South Coast Repertory’s 2020-21 season marks the theatre’s 57th year of serving Orange County with distinctive theatre offerings. The “robust, daring and highly theatrical” lineup ranges from classics to contemporary and new works, as well as musicals and shows for families.

    “Next season features stories of the here-and-now that reflect the world of the human experience,” says Artistic Director David Ivers, as he joined Managing Director Paula Tomei in announcing the season.

    “I spent this year getting to know the community in which we live—the people, the culture, the history—and the works next season are a direct response to what I discovered,” Ivers says. “A wide variety of voices are represented, some that aren’t always front and center, and they explore some of the important issues of our time, as well as the universal truths that bind us together. I’m excited for what’s coming up—it promises robust, daring, highly theatrical, edge-of-your-seat experiences—and I hope that our Orange County audiences will find a bit of themselves reflected in it, too.”

    The lineup features four world premieres including the Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical (music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Messé, book by Craig Lucas) to be directed by Ivers, Threshold by celebrated actor, writer and producer Amy Brenneman (who stars in the show) and Vladimir by Erika Sheffer. In addition, the season includes August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, the classic Our Town by Thornton Wilder, The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis, as well as the popular family shows, A Christmas Carol and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz.

    Managing Director Paula Tomei adds, “The range of work we’re offering next season is both compelling and entertaining. Each production promises to connect with our audiences in distinct and diverse ways, engaging all of us in fresh, theatrical adventures.”


    THE LINEUP

    On the Segerstrom Stage

    • August Wilson’s Two Trains Running
    • Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis
    • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
    • Vladimir by Erika Sheffer (world premiere), part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival
    • Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical with music by Dan Messé, lyrics by Sean Hartley and Dan Messé, and book by Craig Lucas (world premiere)

    On the Julianne Argyros Stage

    • Threshold co-created by Amy Brenneman and Sabrina Peck, written by and starring Amy Brenneman, choreographed by Sabrina Peck (world premiere)
    • Tiger Style! by Mike Lew
    • The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
    • TBA world premiere, part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

    Theatre for Young Audiences Family Series

    • You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz; book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
    • Last Stop on Market Street by Cheryl L. West, based on the book by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, with music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Dozier
    • TBA

    Holiday Classic

    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Jerry Patch.

    SPECIAL TO THE SEASON

    Not part of subscription packages; but once you purchase or renew a subscription for 2020-21, you gain exclusive, early access to tickets for these two productions.

    A Christmas Carol in 2020: This will mark the last time for the original production. Longtime SCR actor Richard Doyle will step out of his 36-year-role as the Ghost of Christmas Past to portray Ebenezer Scrooge. A brand-new production will debut in 2021. Only subscribers enjoy exclusive early access to these tickets. Single tickets for the 2020 Christmas Carol will go on sale to the public in June.

    The Mozart Project: This collaboration between South Coast Repertory, the Pacific Symphony (Carl St.Clair, music director and conductor) and the Pacific Chorale (Robert Istad, artistic director), brings Wolfgang to life for an all-Mozart evening. The program includes the charming Don Giovanni Overture and the transcendent Requiem in d-minor, interspersed with a portrayal of Mozart’s greatest rival, Antonio Salieri, performed by SCR Artistic Director David Ivers. Only subscribers receive exclusive access to tickets before the general public.


    Learn more about the 2020-21 season and renew or purchase new subscriptions.

    All dates and plays are subject to change.

  • Get Your Irish On at Orange County’s Irish Pubs

    by 
    Beth Fhaner
     | Mar 06, 2020

    The Irish comedy Outside Mullingar, playing on the Argyros Stage now through March 29, presents the perfect opportunity to don your best green outfit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For theatregoers looking to get their pre- or post-show Irish on at a place featuring authentic Irish fare and Guinness on tap, several establishments in ​Orange County honor the Emerald Isle with a cheerful ambience. Here are a few of our favorite OC Irish pubs. Sláinte!

    Muldoons
    ​Muldoon's Irish Pub

    *See Mullingar and Save at Muldoon's

    Keep your Outside Mullingar ticket stub to enjoy 10% off food and beverages at Muldoon’s Irish Pub. For more than 40 years, the pub has been committed to Irish culture and is an iconic gathering spot in Orange County. See a show at SCR and then enjoy a meal at Muldoon’s.

    NOTE: This offer is not good on March 17. Discount applies only for in-pub dining; it may not be used for take-out or delivery. Muldoon’s is closed on Mondays. The pub is located at 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Muldoon’s is an Outside Mullingar partner with SCR. This offer is good through March 29, 2020.

    Harp Inn
    ​The Harp Inn
    O' Malley on Main
    O'Malley's on Main
    McCallans Public House
    ​Macallans Public House
    Dublin 4
    Dublin 4 Gastropub
    Silky Sullivan
    ​Silky Sullivan's Restaurant and Irish Bar
    Blooms Pub
    Molly Bloom's Irish Restaurant & Bar
    Durty Nellys
    Durty Nelly's 

    Muldoon’s Irish Pub

    Located near Fashion Island in Newport Beach, this inviting, upscale pub has been committed to Irish culture for more than 40 years. With an extensive menu featuring American comfort food and Irish cuisine such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, house-made corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and Irish soda bread, there’s something for everyone here. Guests can enjoy lunch, dinner, Wilde (happy) hour or Sunday breakfast on Muldoon’s charming open-air patio, or in one of their three indoor spaces. On St. Paddy’s Day, Muldooon’s will offer live music throughout the day and evening with two bands; no cover charge. *See offer ​at right.  muldoonspub.com 

    The Harp Inn – Costa Mesa

    An OC institution in Costa Mesa for more than 30 years, The Harp Inn is a popular gathering spot for the local Irish community. At this authentic Irish pub, patrons can enjoy live music, watch sports (rugby, soccer, NFL) games live on TV and engage in the Irish art of having the craic. Diners can indulge in an all-day Irish breakfast, which includes sausage, black-and-white pudding, eggs, potatoes, beans and toast; a brunch menu is also available on weekends. The regular menu features American comfort food and traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and more. For those looking to quench their thirst, there’s Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Strongbow Cider, Kilkenny and Sculpin IPA. harpinn.com

    O’Malley’s on Main

    Located on Main Street in Seal Beach, O’Malley’s features an upscale pub ambience and an extensive selection of Irish whiskeys and beers, in addition to a full menu including burgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads, and traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, salmon boxty and more. O’Malley’s also serves an all-day Irish breakfast and brunch on the weekends. Don’t miss the live music every Wednesday through Saturday evenings, too. With its cozy vibe, fireplace and private outdoor courtyard with a wishing well and mural of the Emerald Isle, O’Malley’s is the ideal place for a St. Patrick's party. omalleyssealbeach.com

    Macallans Public House

    At this award-winning, downtown Brea restaurant, guests can indulge in a special dining menu that features high-end comfort food and traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips in an inviting tavern setting. Additionally, a full Irish breakfast is available on the brunch menu. Macallans regularly features an extensive selection of more than 200 types of Scotch, whiskey, and bourbon, and drink specials include 23 Irish whiskeys, four Irish beers on tap, and the pub’s signature Irish coffee. Patrons enjoy the live music, pub trivia nights and Wednesday night whiskey classes, too.  macallanspubbrea.com

    Dublin 4 Gastropub

    Located in Mission Viejo, Dublin 4 Gastropub will celebrate their eighth anniversary on St. Pa​ddy’s Day. Owned by Irish expats, this pub features flavorful, chef-driven small plates like D4 Reuben rolls and Tipperary Irish cheddar mac and cheese, in addition to Irish gourmet fare such as Dublin 4 Irish “pork banger” sausages, house-cured corned beef Reuben sandwiches and Dublin lawyer lobster pie, among other dishes. Guests can also enjoy a premium selection of Irish beers (Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Kilkenny) as well as an extensive selection of whiskeys, spirits, liqueurs, wines and their authentic and signature Irish coffee. dublin4gastropub.com

    Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub

    In Fountain Valley, get your shamrock on at Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub with their 7-day St. Patrick’s celebration—featuring live music, green beer and daily festivities—starting Wednesday, March 11 and concluding on Tuesday, March 17. At this popular establishment, patrons can enjoy 17 beers on tap including Guinness, Smithwick’s, Sculpin, Newcastle and Magners Irish Cider, along with traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips, bangers and champ, shepherd’s pie and Sullivan’s Irish sundae—a baked potato stuffed with chunks of prime rib and mushrooms, topped with au jus, melted cheese and sour cream (a veggie option is also available). Fun fact: This pub is dedicated to “Silky Sullivan” (1955-1977), the greatest “come-from-behind” stretch runner in horse racing history. silkysullivans.com

    Molly Bloom’s Irish Restaurant & Bar

    Located in San Clemente, Molly Bloom’s is the place to go for St. Pa​ddy’s Day revelry in south Orange County. With its authentic Irish pub décor, this friendly establishment offers several Irish beers and whiskeys and a menu featuring American pub food and hearty, traditional Irish dishes such as cottage pie, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Guinness Irish stew. For starters, Irish-themed appetizers include Reuben egg rolls or Irish nachos—wedge fries topped with diced corned beef, cheese, sour cream and green onions. The only Irish-owned bar in south OC, Molly Bloom’s also features billiards, live music every weekend and a free comedy show on Wednesday nights. bloomsirishpubsc.com

    Durty Nelly’s

    Located close to SCR in Costa Mesa’s Stonemill Design Center, Durty Nelly’s is a convivial Irish bar and restaurant featuring pub food, an upright piano for patrons to play, weekend karaoke and trivia nights in a casual setting. Diners here can indulge in American comfort food such as sandwiches, soups/salads and gourmet pub burgers, as well as traditional Irish dishes including bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew. Quaffers have their choice of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Newcastle, among other beers, in addition to a selection of wines and cocktails. So, this St. ​Patricks's Day, come see Outside Mullingar and then get your Gaelic on at nearby Durty Nelly’s. durtynellyscostamesa.com

    Orange County has many other Irish pub options including The Shamrock Bar & Grill in Newport Beach, The Auld Dubliner in Tustin, The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub in Laguna Niguel, The Irishman, Killarney Pub & Grill and Gallagher’s Pub—all located in Huntington Beach and Hennessey’s Tavern in multiple OC locations.

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  • Ireland By Way of The Bronx: John Patrick Shanley's Journey "Home"

    by 
    SCR Staff
     | Feb 28, 2020
    John Patrick Shanley
    ​Playwright John Patrick Shanley.

    Plays by John Patrick Shanley

    Welcome to the Moon (1982) • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (1983) • Savage in Limbo (1984) • The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (1985) • Italian American Reconciliation (1986) • Women of Manhattan (1986) • All for Charity (1987) ​• The Big Funk (1990) • Beggars in the House of Plenty (1991) • The Wild Goose (1992) • Four Dogs and a Bone (1993) • Missing Marisa/Kissing Christine (1996) • Psychopathia Sexualis (1998) • Where's My Money? (2001) • Cellini (2001) • Dirty Story (2003) • Doubt: A Parable (2004) • Sailor's Song (2004) • Defiance (2005) • Romantic Poetry (w/ Henry Kreiger, 2007) • Pirate (2010) • Storefront Church (2012) • Outside Mullingar (2014) • Prodigal Son (2016) • The Portuguese Kid (2017)

    Films by John Patrick Shanley

    Moonstruck (1987) • Five Corners (1987) • The January Man (1989) • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) • Alive (1993) • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) • Congo (1995) • Live from Baghdad (2002) • The Waltz of the Tulips (2006) • Doubt (2008) • Wild Mountain Thyme (forthcoming)

    Playwright John Patrick Shanley grew up tough, in The Bronx. He self-admits to being a challenge in kindergarten, elementary and high school—to the extent that he got kicked out of each. And New York University asked him to leave, as well. Then he joined the Marines and, after some kicking around post-military service, he became a writer. When he hit it big with an Academy Award for the Moonstruck screenplay, he became a full-time writer and never looked back.

    And now we come to Outside Mullingar (March 8-29, Julianne Argyros Stage), an Irish romantic comedy that is deeply personal to Shanley.

    “I didn’t want to be another Irish-American guy from the Bronx. I didn’t want any of it; and then bit by bit, I started to reclaim what I had been given in the first place,” he tells writer Marilyn Cole Lownes in an interview for IrishAmerica.com.

    Shanley first visited Ireland and the family farm in 1993, accompanying his father who couldn’t make the trip alone.

    “When I went to the farm, hearing the way those people talked, I thought, ‘Hey, I feel very much at home,’ ” he recalls.

    And the seed for Outside Mullingar was planted. Read the full article here.

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  • Meet the Cast: "Outside Mullingar"

    by 
    Tania Thompson
     | Feb 18, 2020
    The Cast of Outside Mullingar
    ​THE CAST: Scott Ferrara, Lynn Milgrim, Richard Doyle and Devon Sorvari.

    John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar (March 8-29, 2020, Julianne Argyros Stage) is an Irish comedy told with rich language and a few surprises, just the type of story that Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson loves and he’s directing this delightful play. His stellar cast includes longtime SCR favorites, a newer SCR alumna and one making his SCR debut. We caught up with the actors during rehearsals to talk with them about the play’s story, learning to speak with an Irish accent and more.

    Doyle,-Richard-HatRichard Doyle

    I portray Tony Reilly. He’s a midlands Ireland farmer who’s the patriarch of a 120-year-old cattle and sheep farm. His much-loved wife passed on years ago and Tony has reached an age where he has become concerned about whether his son, Anthony (who has some strange ideas and seems unwilling to marry), will ever have a family to carry on the Reilly farm tradition.
    My SCR credits include
    A Christmas Carol (for 36 years), Kings, Rest, The Weir, The Beard of Avon, The Tavern and The Crucible.
    My other credits include
    “Cheers,” “M*A*S*H,” Air Force One and Mass Appeal.
    I’m drawn to Outside Mullingar because
    I have always loved Irish plays​—their lyricism, folktales, music and poetry. The pure gentle nature of the comedy and romance in these plays, and their humanism, is so engaging and our Outside Mullingar will be no exception. A generational dispute about how life should be lived is often at the heart of Irish theatre.
    Why this play means so much to me now
    was prompted by being asked to work with my dear friend and SCR Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson. Over the past 55-plus years, he and I have teamed up on dozens of projects and this was one I could not resist.
    Ah, the Irish accent!
    The object is be understood. There are some wonderful comic moments and dialogue exchanges in the play that are made even richer with the accent and we are certain our audiences will enjoy these; as they travel with us to Killucan in the Midlands. We want to help our audiences appreciate that these characters without calling undo attention to accented speech or dialect, all while not getting in the way of the text or story.
    My favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink is
    a pint of Guinness and a "small one" (that’s a generous shot of Irish whiskey), then an Uber ride home to avoid the garda (Irish police). Sláinte! (to your health!).

    Ferrara,-ScottScott Ferrara

    I portray Anthony Reilly. He’s a man who has stayed on the family farm for 42 years and committed his entire life to the land, working by himself from morning to night. He lives with his father, Tony, and has never married—actually never even dated after his teenage years. Anthony’s heart feels deeply, but he lacks the desire to connect with people. He is happiest out in nature—wandering by himself because it is the only place that he feels free and full of joy. When he is reacquainted with the daughter of his next-door-neighbor, the new and volatile relationship upends his perception of love and solitude and sends him off on a path he has never taken before.
    This is my SCR
    debut!
    My other credits include
    Henry IV, Parts ​1 and 2 (Lincoln Center Theater), The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Julius Caesar, The Pillowman, Hamlet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Romeo and Juliet, “Modern Family,” “24” and The Brink.
    I’m really drawn to Outside Mullingar.
    In fact, the first time I read this play before the audition, I cried—there was hope at the end of the story. Even after all of the twists and turns, we get to celebrate two people finding their unique connection. I think it is essential to share art that celebrates this, especially now.
    Yes, there are challenges to speaking with an Irish dialect—
    it needs to sound and feel like it’s your own. Finding a way that merges the technical sounds with play and freedom is crucial for a dialect to be successful.
    My favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink is
    a Shamrock Shake!

    Milgrim,-LynnLynn Milgrim

    I portray Aoife Muldoon. She is ‘of the earth’—a farm woman, who is stricken with emphysema. This brings several physical challenges for me in this role, with a character who is dealing with age and infirmity.
    My SCR credits include
    A Doll’s House, Part 2; Rest; Death of a Salesman; Pygmalion; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; The Heiress; and The Trip to Bountiful.
    My other credits include
    Otherwise Engaged, Bedroom Farce and Charley’s Aunt (all on Broadway); Brighton Beach Memoirs (international tour); Crimes of Passion, Museum, Echoes, Win/Lose/Draw (off-Broadway); regionally in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Harvey, Treasure Hunt and Arsenic and Old Lace; and on TV in “Chicago Med” and “The Fosters.”
    I’m drawn to Outside Mullingar by
    the wonderful, complex characters that [playwright John Patrick] Shanley has written. And the holding of grudges for years and years and years is something I can relate to (unfortunately)!
    Yes, there are challenges to speaking with an Irish accent
    —you have to be specific and not generalize by speaking with an ‘Irish lilt.’
    My favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink is
    champagne (it’s my birthday)!

    Sorvari,-DevonDevon Sorvari

    I portray Rosemary Muldoon and she's fabulous. Passionate, forthright, steadfast, tough as nails, and yet guided by love and faith. This is a dream role. I'm hoping she rubs off a bit on me.
    My SCR credits include
    The Siegel (I was the surprise 'plot twist' character at the end!).
    My other credits include
    the first national tour of The Graduate, Ah! Wilderness (Lincoln Center Theater), The School for Scandal, Inherit the Wind, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Imaginary Invalid, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, The Crucible, “The Mentalist,” “ER,” “The Gilmore Girls,” He’s Watching and Hellraiser: Revelations.
    I’m drawn to Outside Mullingar because
    I'm a sucker for a good, rainy Irish play! But, really, [playwright John Patrick] Shanley's language is so gorgeous—alternately soul-piercing and hilarious. I love the complicated parent-child dynamics and the poignancy of people finding their way to each other, maybe even despite their best attempts.
    Yes, there are challenges to speaking with an Irish accent—
    not letting IT use YOU! I have to work very technically in the beginning and really over-focus on the sound changes so that (hopefully) I can completely forget about it and just say what Rosemary needs to say...how she happens to say it. By the time we get to performances, if I'm still thinking about the accent, I won't be doing my real job.
    My favorite St. Patrick’s Day drink is
    , well, hmmmm. I’m not much of beer fan. How about the just-invented (by me!) Mullingar Martini—your choice of gin or vodka…with a sprig of Rosemary!

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