Outside Mullingar

Feb. 23 – Mar. 11, 2018
Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm/ Sat & (1st) Sun @ 2pm

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away.

“Under the direction of Kathy Brombacher, the most emotional moments are the best: the angry ones, the remorseful ones and the tentative romantic ones…” – Pat Launer, Times of San Diego

“Quaint and shamelessly romantic!” – David Coddon, SD Citybeat

“The talented, veteran actors…fit their characters perfectly!” – Tom Robertson, Vista Press

“This fine cast gives these portrayals such wit and joy!” – Jean Lowerison, SDGLN

“Scripps Ranch Theatre is mounting a beautifully subtle and finely acted bit of romantic comedy in Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar”. Under the watchful eye of Kathy Brombacher’s direction ‘Mullingar’ enchants.” – Carol Davis


Jim Chovick (Tony) At SRT: Moonlight & Magnolias, Beau Jest.  Other San Diego Theaters: Lamb’s Player’s Theatre (Associate Artist), Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), Intrepid Theatre (Resident Artist) North Coast Rep (Associate Artist), The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Moonlight Stage Productions, Sledgehammer Theatre, New Village Arts, Ion Theatre, Evoke Dance Theatre, Starlight Music Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Playwrights Project, 6th @ Penn, The Ark, Vantage Theater, and The Fritz.  Awards: San Diego Critic’s Circle, Backstage Dramalogue, KPBS Pate, Robbie.

Vanessa Dinning (Rosemary) English-born and professionally trained in London, Vanessa enjoyed a successful stage career in acting, directing, theatre education, cabaret and dialect work throughout the UK, working at The Royal National Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe in London and touring. Since moving to San Diego in 2007, she has worked with Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Rep Theatre School, Coronado Playhouse, Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Write Out Loud, The Welk Resorts, San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts and Moonlight Stage Productions.

Dagmar Fields (Aoife) was last seen at SRT in The Fantasticks. Most recently she appeared in New Village Arts’ The Secret Garden, New Fortune Theatre’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Backyard Renaissance’s The Elephant Man, New Village Arts’ Emelie, North Coast Rep’s Unnecessary Farce, Moonlight Stage Production’s Lion in Winter, Diversionary’s Regrets Only, Intrepid Shakespeare’s I Hate Hamlet, Oceanside Theatre Company’s Lost in Yonkers. Other appearances: Blithe Spirit, Morning’s at Seven, Amy’s View, Man of La Mancha, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Auntie Mame, Anything Goes, The Mousetrap, Crazy for You, Barefoot in the Park, The Foreigner, Magic Fire, Hay Fever, Radio Gals, Into the Woods, American Dream, Night Must Fall, & Hamlet. She teaches at Southwestern College. (Love to Marv, Eric, Khara, Matt, Taylor, Ava, & Ayden.)

Stephen Schmitz (Anthony) SRT Debut. Credits include: Falling (Innermission Productions); To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (OnStage Playhouse); Fair Use (Diversionary); Red Light Winter (Triad); A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Hippodrome State Theatre); Proof, Equus (Florida Players); Side Man, American Western (UF); Angels in America, parts I and II, and The Laramie Project (SDSU). Directing credits include: Ragnarok (Circle Circle dot dot); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad); Next to Normal (Cabaret at the Merc). Stephen holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida, and a BA in Theatre from SDSU.

Production Team

Kathy Brombacher (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director/Producer of Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista.  She worked for the City of Vista’s Cultural Arts Program as a manager of Moonlight for 32 years, during which she implemented such milestones as the 2009 renovation of the Moonlight Amphitheatre’s stage house, and the renovation of the AVO Playhouse theatre in 1995.  She has garnered 3 NEA grants for work at the AVO Playhouse Winter Season and holds a San Diego Critics Circle Award for “Theatrical Trailblazer” and a KPBS Shiley Patte Award for “Lifetime Achievement,” as well as this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” given by the Vista Chamber of Commerce.  Recent directing projects include Tomfoolery  for North Coast Repertory Theatre; Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike for Scripps Ranch Theatre;  and My Fair Lady for Welk Resort Theatre. Gratitude is extended to Jill Drexler, Ted Leib, the design team and the incredible cast of this play.

Megan Ames (Stage Manager)  Megan is happy to be back working at SRT so soon.  She is a graduate of San Diego State University where she received a BA in Design Technology for Theatre with an emphasis in stage management. Previous credits at Scripps Ranch Theatre include Accomplice, Loves and Hours, The Liar, The Gift Teller, An Inspector Calls, Perfect Wedding, and California Suite, and The Moors, When Last We Flew (Diversionary) Zanna, Don’t!, Doubt, A Grand Night for Singing (SDSU) and Dear Harvey (USD).

Jennifer Edwards (Lighting Design) Jennifer is so pleased to be back with the fantastic SRT family and the incomparable Kathy Brombacher. Recent lighting designs include: Kiss of the Spider Woman (Welk Resort Theatre), Tarzan, The Musical (Moonlight Amphitheater), Runaway Home (Fountain Theatre), Just Judy (Jackson Hole PAC), El GRANDE Circus de Coca Cola (Skylight and Colony),  Broadway and Beyond  (Alex Theatre),  Step Up (Pasadena Playhouse), The Full Monty (Birch North Park Theatre), Dreamgirls (S.D. Lyceum) and others. Jennifer is also a proud AEA Stage Manager since 1994. Love to Marc and Mom!

Darcy Harman (Assistant Stage Manager / Props Designer) is a graduate of Mesa College Theatre Company, where she was props master for The Good Person of Szechwan and stage manager for An Evening of One Acts. She also worked as a theatrical services technician at SeaWorld for five years. Darcy is trained in many areas of theatre and was last seen at SRT performing in 2014’s Out on A Limb.

Violet Ceja (Sound Designer) earned her AA in Recording Arts Production at MiraCosta College where she is now pursuing an AA in Design and Technology. Sound design credits include Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (Moonlight Youth); Waiting For Lefty, Oklahoma!, Grapes of Wrath, and Drowsy Chaperone (MiraCosta College). Outside  Mullingar is her fourth production on the SRT stage.

Renetta Lloyd (Costume Design) has been designing costumes for 20 years in the San Diego area, having credits with Scripps Ranch Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Oceanside Theatre Co., Premiere Productions, North Coast Rep, Mira Costa College, and others.  Her specialty garments and costumes can be found at www.nattyloucreations.com.

Bob Shuttleworth (Scenic Designer) With Outside Mullingar, Bob continues his third season at SRT. He has designed and built sets nationally and internationally. While in the Marines he even designed a set in Okinawa, Japan. Hailing from New Jersey, Bob settled in Poway in 1988 when he worked on his first set at the Legler Benbough Theatre as Scene Shop Foreman for USIU. Bob holds a BFA degree in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, and spends his “spare time” as Theater Specialist for Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, designing sets and mentoring students in stagecraft and woodworking.