Posted on 03/02/2015 12:00pm by Jennifer Madigan
Sick of snow? Melt your heart at The Public Theatre
Ignore the stubborn snow, and melt your heart with the endearing romantic comedy and recent Broadway hit Outside Mullingar, playing at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, March 13 - 22. Imagine an Irish “Moonstruck” when two eccentric singles in rural Ireland struggle to reveal their love for each other in this humorous, moving and romantic story by Pulitzer Prize, Oscar and Tony Award winning author, John Patrick Shanley (Doubt).
Middle-aged neighbors Anthony and Rosemary have seem destined for each other since childhood, but they’re Irish and stubborn to the core. Will these two lonely souls cross the plot of land that separates them and take a chance on love? And will their aging eccentric parents help them make the leap?
Nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, director Christopher Schario tells us, “This funny and tender storytakes an affectionate look at the obstacles to love, most of which exist in our own mind, and reminds us that it’s never too late to take a chance on love. Plus, with the performance schedule coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, this show is a wonderful celebration of the love and luck of the Irish”.
Continuing the high quality of acting regularly seen at The Public Theatre, the cast of professional actors include Joel Leffert as Anthony’s cantankerous father Tony. Joel most recently appeared on Broadway where he understudied Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen in Waiting For Godot & No Man's Land, and was last seen at The Public Theatre as Rothko in Red and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Playing his hapless son Anthony is Stephan Wolfert. Stephan last appeared at The Public Theatre in Sideman, and has since appeared in NY in Bedlam Theatre’s acclaimed production's of Hamlet and Saint Joan, directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp & Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production of Movin’ Out on Broadway, is a character coach for Cirque du Soleil's, Mystere in Las Vegas, and is the Artistic Director for Shakespeare & Veterans. Playing his stubborn love interest Rosemary is Kathy McCafferty. Kathy has appeared in regional theatres across the country and originated the role of Lurene in John Cariani’s most recent play, Last Gas. Playing her scrappy mother Aiofe is Cecilia Riddett. Ms. Riddett has appeared in the American premiere of the beloved Irish play DA, as well as off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, and multiple theatres across the country. The Irish countryside and homesteads in which the play takes place will be designed by Kit Mayer, with lighting by Bart Garvey and costumes by Jonna Klaiber.
Outside Mullingar will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, March 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22. Show times are Thurs/Fri at 7:30, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm, with an added Sat matinee on March 21 at 3pm. For tickets visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 782-3200.
Outside Mullingar is sponsored by Androscoggin Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Central Maine Orthopaedics and Lee Auto Malls.