We’ve seen the work of many Irish and Irish-American playwrights on our mainstage over the past 40 years. Let’s take a look back at the influence of Irish culture at TheatreWorks, which continues with this season’s Outside Mullingar.
Above, 1977’s She Stoops to Conquer by Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, who was born in County Westmeath, Ireland (the same county as Mullingar).
Our first production by the great George Bernard Shaw came in 1980 with Misalliance.
Above, 1982’s Da, by Irish playwright Hugh Leonard, a 1978 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.
Also by Irish playwright Leonard, 1985’s A Life at the Burgess Theatre in Menlo Park.
Catchpenny Twist by Northern Ireland’s Stewart Parker, which played at the Baylands Nature Interpretive Center in Palo Alto in 1986.
1995’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by County Donegal native Frank McGuiness.
George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell in 1996.
Our 1998 production of Romeo and Juliet drew its setting from the Protestant-Catholic troubles era in Northern Ireland, and starred future Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain.
2000’s The Cripple of Inishman by Martin McDonagh, set in the primarily Irish-speaking island of Inishman in the Aran Islands.
2005’s Dolly West’s Kitchen by Frank McGuiness. This World War II era drama draws its setting from the small town of Buncrana, County Donegal, just north of the border from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt in 2008
2013’s Being Earnest, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska, adapted from Irishman Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
And finally, 2016’s Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy by Irish-American playwright John Patrick Shanley, set in County Westmeath, Ireland.