Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley

September 27 – October 21, 2018

Deep within Irish turf country, Anthony is a shy farmer and Rosemary, next door, is the woman who secretly vows to have him at all costs. When Anthony’s crusty father threatens to disinherit him from the land, Rosemary steps into the middle of a family feud to prevent disaster.

Inspired by a deep connection to his roots, playwright Shanley has found an authentic voice. His characters emerge whole, rustic, mischievous and beautiful, straight out of the magical Irish countryside.

“… these four actors are such a special quartet that I could have easily watched another couple of hours of this two-hour journey into the heart.”Dave Begel on Theater

“Seeing these four greats on one stage is a singular experience, so go see Outside Mullingar if you’re a fan of Milwaukee theater … This is a story of family and feeling, with a fanciful little twist.”Broadway World

“There are two reasons to see Next Act Theatre’s production … One is to soak in the feisty, lyrical, bitter, sentimental, goofy worldview of Irish-American writing … The other is to enjoy a veteran cast performing Shanley’s words like old friends singing together.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Director Edward Morgan has crafted a masterful tale of Irish storytelling in Shanley’s material.”Shepherd Express

“Shanley’s extreme cleverness in the balance between wit and depression is expertly crafted here. A script like this is great. In the hands of an experienced cast … it’s absolutely brilliant.”The Small Stage

“The poetic script … provides a great vehicle for the story-telling ability of these four actors.”TimeOut


Edward Morgan, Director

James Pickering as Tony
David Cecsarini as Anthony
Carrie Hitchcock as Aoife
Deborah Staples as Rosemary