We are pleased to announce the publication of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, a compassionate and delightful romantic comedy from the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Oscar-winning author of Doubt. The play is currently enjoying its world premiere, helmed by the Tony Award-winning director, Doug Hughes, at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Debra Messing and Brían F. O’Byrne.
“In the work of John Patrick Shanley, the truth is as charming as it is painful, reality as touched with magic as it is factual and existence as absolute as it is illusory.” — BOMB magazine
Outside Mullingar tells the romance of Anthony and Rosemary, neighbors in rural Ireland who are nearing their middle years. It is by turns poetic, uplifting, dark and funny as hell. Anthony is an introverted farmer and Rosemary is the woman who vows to have him at all costs. When Anthony’s father threatens to disinherit his son, Rosemary steps into the middle of a land feud and family eccentricities beyond what one might imagine. On the brink of romantic catastrophe, this one-of-a-kind Irish heroine fights against time and mortality in hopes of securing her dream of love.
“Mr. Shanley’s finest work since Doubt…give[s] such consistent pleasure.” — New York Times
John Patrick Shanley’s plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo and Dirty Story. His trilogy Church and State began with Doubt, followed by Defiance and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, the playwright received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Other films include Five Corners, Alive, Joe Versus The Volcano and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For Moonstruck, he received both the Writers Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing.