Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Presents John Patrick Shanley's Romantic Comedy ‘Outside Mullingar’ May to June 3

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By Ann Fink

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the professional Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center, presents John Patrick Shanley’s heartwarming romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar,” directed by Steve Scott, May 3 to June 3, on the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays in the MAC’s Playhouse Theatre. A pre-show discussion with the director and designers is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 3. A post-show discussion with the director, actors and crew will be held Friday, May 11.

Hailed by the Seattle Times as a playwright who “can sure and begorrah dish the bickering and the blarney, the Irish wisdom and gallows wit,” Shanley’s work follows Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted middle-aged misfits, who have every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. Both have spent their entire lives on farms in rural Ireland, but due to a long-standing land feud between the families, they may lose it all. “Outside Mullingar is touchingly sweet—just the right thing for a happy cry” says the Los Angeles Times. The cast for BTE’s production of “Outside Mullingar” is Robert Jordan Bailey (Anthony), Kelli Walker (Rosemary), Norm Woodel (Tony) and Millie Hurley (Aoife).

Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter and theater/film director. His play “Doubt: A Parable” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. He also won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Moonstruck.” “Outside Mullingar” premiered on Broadway in January 2014 and featured the Broadway debut of Debra Messing. Shanley is the author of more than 23 plays, which have been translated and performed around the world, including 80 productions a year in North America.

 “I can’t think of a better play to present in the spring. It is witty, light-hearted and romantic,” said BTE Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard. “Anyone who enjoys a laugh and watching the unfolding lives of truly endearing characters, will adore this play. And I’m thrilled to have as our director, Steve Scott, who previously directed our productions of ‘Romance, Romance’ (1998-1999 season), ‘Art’ (2002-2003 season) and ‘Communicating Doors’ (2005-2006 season).”

Steve Scott (Director) is an Artistic Associate and recently retired Producer of the Goodman Theatre, a position he held for more than 30 years, overseeing more than 200 productions. His most recent Goodman directing credits include “Ah! Wilderness,” “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” Horton Foote’s “Blind Date” and the 2011 and 2012 editions of “A Christmas Carol.” Other recent productions include “Rose” at the Greenhouse Theatre, “Summer and Smoke” at the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University (where he is a faculty member), and this summer’s production of “Bus Stop” for Eclipse Theatre (where he has been a company member since 1999). Scott has received six Jeff nominations, an After Dark Award, the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor, Eclipse’s Corona Award, and the 2017 Special Jeff Award for his contributions to the Chicago theater community. Later this month he will receive the League of Chicago Theatre’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The design team for “Outside Mullingar” includes Pauline Olesky (Scenic Designer), Kimberly G. Morris (Costume Designer), Cat Wilson (Lighting Designer), Christopher Kriz (Sound Designer) and Jesse Gaffney (Properties Designer). Stage manager is David A. Loranca.

Tickets are $37. For tickets or more information visit atthemac.org or call (630) 942-4000.

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