2017-09-07 / Arts & Entertainment News

Florida Rep opens 20th season with ‘Outside Mullingar’

Florida Weekly Correspondent

Florida Repertory Theatre opens its 20th anniversary season with John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” Show dates are Sept. 22-Oct. 22 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre next door to the Historic Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers.

The romantic comedy follows the unlikely romance of two lovable misfits in the picturesque Irish countryside. Rosemary Muldoon and Anthony Reilly are farmers who don’t have a clue when it comes to love. Before they can find happiness, the hopeless singletons must overcome a bitter land feud, old family rivalries and their own romantic fears.

Full of humor and poetic prose, the tenderhearted tale reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo describes “Outside Mullingar” as “the perfect play to open our 20th season. “Not only is it a masterfully written, but it brings together some of Florida Rep’s most beloved ensemble members both onstage and in the creative team.”

BURTTRAM BURTTRAM Rachel Burttram and Brendan Powers star as Rosemary and Anthony. The two worked together for the first time in Florida Rep’s 2008 production of Mr. Shanley’s Pulitzer Prizewinning drama, “Doubt,” and have since become husband and wife. Both have appeared numerous times on the Florida Rep stage, Ms. Burttram most recently in “Doublewide” and Mr. Powers in “The Mousetrap.”

Another veteran of Florida Rep productions, Viki Boyle, plays Aoife Muldoon in “Outside Mullingar.” Ms. Boyle has previously appeared in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Completing the cast in the role of Tony Reilly, guest artist Martin LaPlatney returns to the local stage after appearing in Florida Rep’s nationally acclaimed production of “One Slight Hitch” in 2016.

BOYLE BOYLE Longtime Florida Rep ensemble member Chris Clavelli directs “Outside Mullingar” and is joined by ensemble members Ray Recht, set designer; Janine Wochna, production stage manager; and Todd O. Wren, lighting designer. Alexandria Vazquez is costume designer for the show, and John Kiselica is sound designer.

And there’s more

The 20th anniversary season for Florida Repertory Theatre continues with:

A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” – Oct. 27-Nov. 15 in the Historic Arcade Theatre

The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced” – Nov. 10-Dec. 10 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre

The Tony Award-winning “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” – Dec. 1-17 in the Historic Arcade Theatre

POWERS POWERS “Night and Day: A Cole Porter Revue” – Dec. 22-Feb. 25 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves” – Jan. 12-31 in the Historic Arcade Theatre

The classic “The Miracle Worker” – Feb. 160-March 7 in the Historic Arcade Theatre

“Cabaret” – March 23-April 11 in the Historic Arcade Theatre

The world premiere of “George Washington’s Teeth” – April 6-May 6 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre

Various subscription packages and single tickets are now on sale for all shows in the 2017-18 season. ¦

‘Outside Mullingar’

>> Who: Florida Repertory Theatre

>> When: Sept. 22-Oct. 22 (previews Sept 19-21)

>> Where: The ArtStage Studio Theatre adjacent to the Historic Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers

LAPLATNEY LAPLATNEY >> Cost: $45/$55 (previews $25/$35)

>> Info: 332-4488 or www.floridarep.org

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