San Diego REPertory Theatre Extends New Romantic Comedy by John Patrick Shanley: ‘Outside Mullingar’

San Diego REPertory Theatre Extends New Romantic Comedy by John Patrick Shanley: ‘Outside Mullingar’
January, 2016 Client News
January 25, 2016 – San Diego – San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) is extending its production run of John Patrick Shanley’s new romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” due to popular demand. The show’s run began Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 and has been extended through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP.

“Outside Mullingar” is the fourth production of San Diego REP’s 40th Anniversary Season with REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey directing the production written by Shanley, a Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar®-award winner.

Single tickets are now on sale and begin at $33. Student tickets for $20 are also available for all performances. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 619-544-1000 or by visiting the box office at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

John Patrick Shanley, author of the wildly popular “Moonstruck,” returns once again to the REP with this new play set in Ireland about family, land and whether it’s ever too late to fall in love. REP audiences last saw his work in 2009 with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner “Doubt,” also directed by REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey.

It can be said, most people would describe Ireland as mysterious and a place to fall in love. To add this layer of ambiance and depth, San Diego REP’s production of “Outside Mullingar” will feature live traditional Irish music performed live and onstage during each performance. The musicians performing are Jim Mooney who will be playing the guitar, Alicia Previn playing the fiddle and Richard Tibbitts playing the flute.

A far cry from the darkness of “Doubt,” this romantic comedy is described by the New York Daily News as Shanley’s Irish “Valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love.” Taking on the pair of 40-somethings who find love are San Diego favorites, Manny Fernandes and Carla Harting. Fernandes (“Cabaret,” “A Christmas Carol”) is making his return to The REP after 16 years, playing the role of “Anthony.” He has received two San Diego Critics Circle awards for his performances in “Of Mice and Men” (Lennie) and “Golden Boy” (Tom Moody), both at New Village Arts. Harting (“Uncle Vanya,” “The Misanthrope”) is a REP favorite who will be returning to work once again with Salovey in the role of “Rosemary.” Harting brings along a career that includes the world premiere productions of Sarah Ruhl’s plays “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “Eurydice,” both productions in New York.

Joining them will be Ellen Crawford (“The Hostage,” “A Touch of the Poet”) as “Aoife,” who was last seen at The REP in “Walter Cronkite is Dead.” She is perhaps best known as “Nurse Lydia Wright” on the NBC series “ER.” Along with Crawford is her husband Mike Genovese (“Uncle Vanya,” “Death of a Salesman”) as “Tony,” who has appeared in numerous REP productions. “Outside Mullingar” serves as a reunion for the four cast mates, who have all worked together and with Salovey in previous productions.

“The production brings together four talented actors and actresses – a cast of San Diego REP favorites who have been in several acclaimed roles for other shows we have done in the past, and is only fitting as we celebrate our 40th season,” said Salovey. “Stage and screen veterans Mike Genovese and Ellen Crawford, who are also a couple offstage, bring their witty and charismatic chemistry to this show.

The creative team also includes Giulio Perrone (Scenic Designer), Anastasia Pautova (Costume Designer), Sherrice Mojgani (Lighting Designer), Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Stage Manager), James Ramirez (Assistant Stage Manager), Grace Delaney (Assistant Director/Dialect Coach/Dramaturg), Zane Alcorn (Dramaturg) and Jacole Kitchen (Casting Director)

John Patrick Shanley (Playwright) is the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony winning writer best known for “Doubt” (2008), “Moonstruck” (1987) and “Alive” (1993). His play “Doubt” has won several awards for outstanding dramatic play including: the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2004-2005 Drama Desk Award and the 2005 Tony Award. The play is about a molestation charge in a Catholic school. Shanley was at the helm of the play’s film adaptation, which starred Oscar®-winning actors Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who both received acting award nominations for their performances in the film. “Moonstruck” won three Oscars in 1988, including one for Best Original Screenplay. According to a biography on the NYU website: “Shanley considers his Irishness more of a literal than social or cultural part of his identity, and attributes his creative nature to his Irish background. Though he grew up in a neighborhood that did not understand or appreciate his artistry and penchant for storytelling, a visit to the family farm in Ireland found him in a world where it was not only understood, but thought to be completely normal.”

Todd Salovey (Associate Artistic Director, San Diego REP) begins his 26th REP season. In the previous two seasons, he partnered with REP favorite Herbert Siguenza on “Steal Heaven,” “In the Time of the Butterflies,” and “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” which has also played at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Denver Center Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Center Arts Rep, Arizona Theatre Company and San Jose Stage. Salovey’s many acclaimed REP shows include “A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing” and “The Blessing of a Broken Heart” which he also wrote, “The Dybbuk,” “King Lear,” the world premiere of Yehuda Hyman’s “The Mad Dancers,” “Hamlet” starring Jefferson Mays, “Uncle Vanya” and “Death of a Salesman” starring Michael Genovese, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Imaginary Invalid,” and “Three Hotels.” He is on the acting faculty at the University of California, San Diego. Salovey is the artistic director of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, which commissions new work exploring Jewish traditions in contemporary forms, which will celebrate its 23rd season in 2016.

San Diego REPertory Theatre’s production of “Outside Mullingar” is supported in part by the generosity of The Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation.

About “Outside Mullingar”
Anthony and Rosemary are over-the-hill 40-something locals living in a tiny village in rural Ireland. They haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. Painfully shy, Anthony has spent his entire life as a recluse on a cattle farm. Rosemary, the fiercely independent and quirky free spirit that lives next door, is determined to have him, and has since she was a young girl. But Rosemary is waiting on Anthony to make the first move.

Suddenly a wild, weird and hysterically funny family versus family feud erupts over a tiny patch of land. Soon a bonfire of a battle blazes between Rosemary and Anthony and their Ma (“Aoife”) and Da (“Tony”). Hope and togetherness are severely challenged, but the yearning for love of two eccentric souls is so great that they fight their way above the blaze toward happiness.

“Ouside Mullingar”
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Todd Salovey
Previews: Thursday, Jan. 21 – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Opening Night: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Closing Night: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Cast (in order of appearance)
Mike Genovese as “Tony”
Manny Fernandes as “Anthony”
Ellen Crawford as “Aoife”
Carla Harting as “Rosemary”

Production Team
Todd Salovey, Director
Giulio Perrone, Scenic Designer
Anastasia Pautova, Costume Designer
Sherrice Mojgani, Lighting Designer
Grace Delaney, Assistant Director/Dialect Coach/Dramaturg
Jacole Kitchen, Casting Director
Chandra R.M. Anthenill, Stage Manager
James Ramirez, Assistant Stage Manager
Zane Alcorn, Dramaturg

Performance Schedule
• Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

Opening Night:
• Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

Regular Performances:
• Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.

Closing Night:
• Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m

Ticket Information
Tickets range from $33 to $66 and can be purchased in-person at the San Diego REP Box Office, by calling 619-544-1000, or online at Active military, teacher and senior discounts are available. Student tickets are available for all performances for just $20 each. Prices subject to change.

Lyceum Space
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

NOTE: San Diego REPertory Theatre is pleased to announce The Lyceum Theatre has received a $3 million renovation grant to upgrade its public spaces, including the lobby and concession areas, restrooms and Lyceum Stage. Renovations are funded by Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation and The City of San Diego. The remodel work will occur in stages and will begin in January 2016. Project leaders estimate it will take about a year to complete.

During construction, San Diego REP patrons will be able to access all normal amenities of The Lyceum Theatre complex. Ample parking will still be available in the Horton Plaza parking garage and the Box Office, elevators, restrooms and concession areas will be easily accessible unless otherwise noted. San Diego REP’s House Management staff will keep patrons updated on renovation activities with signage posted in and around the facility as well as send e-mail communications to maintain the venue experience. For additional information, please contact the Box Office at 619-544-1000 or visit

Calling all curious souls to join us for these fabulous free events. Due to the construction renovations taking place at San Diego REPertory Theatre, our new “Engagement Events” will take place at various locations in San Diego County, as well as the Lyceum Theatre. San Diego REP’s House Management staff will keep guests updated on renovation activities with signage posted in and around the facility to maintain the venue experience. Patrons are also encouraged to sign up for e-mail alerts about REP productions and construction updates. Visit to register.

REP EXPOSED: Events to deepen your engagement with San Diego Repertory Theatre
A Breakfast Sneak Peek at a Play in the Making
Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
At San Diego REP’s Creative Studio
1616 Industrial Blvd. Suite 100, Chula Vista, CA 91911
Join us for continental breakfast at our creative studio in Chula Vista, 17 minutes south of downtown San Diego. Enjoy an exclusive first look at the work in process towards the making of the production of “Outside Mullingar.” Investigate models and drawings of the set, preview the costumes and hear some of the music being created for the show. Let REP Artists and Artisans be your guides to the making of our first production of 2016.

Talkin’ Theatre with Todd: A Tribute to Arthur Wagner
Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
Arthur Wagner was a towering figure in the world of theatre – an exquisite actor, a visionary educator, a peerless mentor and the person who put the UCSD Theatre Department on the map and San Diego REPertory Theatre in the Lyceum! REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey (a former student of Wagner’s) hosts a revealing conversation about Wagner’s creative legacy. Salovey’s guests are actress, voice teacher, and close personal friend of the Wagners, Eva Barnes, and REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse.


Sam’s Salon: What Is This Thing We Call Love?
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.
Before the 8 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
Ever wonder where love comes from? Is it mostly chemical? Largely psychological? Can it be captured? Is there a short cut to finding love? Join REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse for a no holds barred conversation. His guests are: sexologist, sociologist and intimacy expert Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus; UCSD Cognitive Scientist and expert on the neurobiology of attraction Dr. Mike Datko; and Clinical Psychologist, Imago Therapist and workshop presenter, Dr. Patty Mangini. Sam’s Salon is sponsored by Suzanne & Lawrence Hess.

Meet the Artists
Friday, Jan. 29
After the 8 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
After the show, join the cast of “Outside Mullingar” for an open discussion of the work onstage. Bring your questions and comments! Hosted by The REP’s Casting Director, Jacole Kitchen.

Open House and Backstage Tours with The REP
Saturday, Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
At San Diego REP
The Lyceum Theatre is an underground creative playground. Now is your chance to go backstage and see our work from the point of view of the performer and stagehand. Hosted guided tours will begin every 20 minutes. Take a rare look into the backstage world, enjoy complimentary coffee and desserts, special offers and a gift from the REP!

CHEERS AND COMMUNITY NIGHTS: Your chance to interact with San Diego Repertory Theatre and support a good cause

Opening Night Party
Wednesday, Jan. 27
After the 7 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
After the opening night performance, join the cast, crew and REP staff to celebrate the opening of “Outside Mullingar.” Grab a drink and a bite to eat, enjoy great live music and have your picture taken on our red carpet. Mingle with the cast and party with The REP.

Field Trips
Thursday, Feb. 4 and Thursday, Feb. 11
After the 8 p.m. show
At The Field Irish Pub
544 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
After the show take a short walk with us to the downtown San Diego favorite The Field Irish Pub. This memorable watering hole is a turn of the century pub whose content was literally shipped piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the historic Gaslamp Quarter! Enjoy complimentary appetizers, Irish-themed drink specials and music. Relax, share a pint and join a lively conversation about our production of “Outside Mullingar.” Cheers!

Free Beer Fridays
Friday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 12
After the 8 p.m. show
Onstage at San Diego REPertory Theatre
How about a beer and a snack at a place like no other? That will literally be onstage on the set of “Outside Mullingar.” Enjoy the show, then join the cast and crew onstage for snacks and a beer from one of San Diego’s award winning breweries. Free Beer Fridays is sponsored by San Diego Reader.

Chai Night at The REP: Benefit Night for Jewish Family Service Foodmobile
Wednesday, Feb. 10
After the 7 p.m. show
Onstage at San Diego REP
Enjoy a great play and support a great cause, all in one night. Twenty-five percent of all single ticket sales for this performance will go to benefit The Jewish Family Service Foodmobile. To thank you for your generosity, you will be invited to come up on stage to join The REP team for a glass of kosher wine and snacks after the show! Chai Night at The REP is sponsored by L’Chaim Magazine.

REP Your Pride: Benefit Night for Being Alive
Saturday, Feb. 13
After the 8 p.m. show
Onstage at San Diego REP
Among the many organizations that make our city a better place to live, Being Alive is distinguished by the range of services it offers to men, women and children living with AIDS and HIV. We will donate 25 percent of all single ticket sales for this performance to this important effort. Enjoy a superb piece of theatre, support Being Alive and then join us after the show for snacks and a glass of wine onstage, hosted by John Steinmetz, recreation program coordinator, from Being Alive. Rep Your Pride is sponsored by Gay San Diego.

EXTENDING THE ART: Events to further your experience with the art at San Diego Repertory Theatre

Live in Concert: Irish Lever Harpist Kathleen Hartshorne
Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.
After the 8 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
Singing in both Gaelic and English, Kathleen Hartshorne will transport you to a world of myth and magic in the misty emerald hills of Erin. Kathleen began her career as a classical musician, but after a trip to Ireland she fell in love with the Irish lever harp. Don’t miss this performance of beautiful and haunting music of ancient and contemporary Ireland.

Scenes from Shanley
Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.
Before the 7 p.m. show
At San Diego REP
Join some of San Diego’s favorite local actors as they present scenes from some of John Patrick Shanley’s most unforgettable plays. If you’ve ever felt “Doubt” about being a person of “Defiance,” and just want to meet up with “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” and sing a little “Sailor’s Song,” this is the event for you. Come join us for an evening of Shanley. ​

Gallery On The Go
Friday, Feb. 5
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Liberty Station
2750 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 15 Studio 203
San Diego artist Lauren LeVieux has created a custom exhibition of new paintings inspired by “Outside Mullingar.” LeVieux’s work imagines “paintings created as if a maze of ancestors, secrets and love found in the town of Mullingar could turn to paint.” Meet LeVieux in her studio at Liberty Station for a personal encounter with her work while the live music of the Celtic Echoes transports you to Ireland. Afterwards, enjoy the amazing diversity of “Friday Night Liberty,” a monthly first Friday evening of FREE open artist studios, galleries and events at NTC at Liberty Station.

About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.