Arizona Theatre Company’s (David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) next production in the 2017-18 season is John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, which the New York Times called his “finest work since Doubt,” (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner). Outside Mullingar, nominated for the Best Play Tony Award in 2014, will play at the Temple of Music & Art in Tucson from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10 and the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix from Feb. 15 to March 4. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are ATC’s Season Sponsor.
Outside Mullingar is also notable as it marks the directorial debut of ATC’s new Artistic Director, David Ivers, whose directing credits include illustrious theaters The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and South Coast Rep, according to a news release from ATC.
Charles McNulty, writing in the Los Angeles Times in 2015 about this charmer of a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland said that “romance never goes out of style, and if ever there were a time when we could use a laugh and a happy cry, it’s right now.”
The story revolves around Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony is painfully shy and has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland. Rosemary lives right next door and is determined to have him at all costs. She has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe, but these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness.
“Outside Mullingar is a lovely Irish story deep in poetic passion that is, at the same time, funny as hell, heartbreaking and, ultimately, deeply moving,” Ivers said. “This compassionate, delightful work is about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.”
Outside Mullingar stars four actors making their ATC debuts: John Hutton (Tony Reilly), Larry Bull (Anthony Reilly), Cassandra Bissell (Rosemary Muldoon) and Robin Rodriguez (Aoife Muldoon).
Outside Mullingar will be followed by Low Down Dirty Blues (directed by Randal Myler), in Tucson March 10-31 and in Phoenix, April 5-22; and The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by ATC Artistic Director Emeritus David Ira Goldstein, in Tucson April 21-May 12 and in Phoenix, May 17-June 3.
Tickets for Outside Mullingar start at $25 and are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Pay What You Can performance tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation in Tucson on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased at the Herberger Theater Center starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come, first served. Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823 in Tucson or (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix.
Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Tucson and Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m. in Phoenix on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open captioned performance is offered on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in Tucson and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Phoenix. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Phoenix at (602) 256-6995or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).
Tickets are available in-person at the Temple of Music & Art in Tucson or by calling (520) 622-2823 in Tucson and at the Herberger Theater Center at (602) 256-6995 or online at www.arizonatheatre.org.
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