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Audition notice for “Outside Mullingar” (Toronto Irish Players)

Toronto Irish Players logoThe Toronto Irish Players are holding auditions in late June for their fall production, which will be on the Main Stage of Alumnae Theatre.  Outside Mullingar, described as “an Irish Moonstruck”, was nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Tony Awards.



By John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Harvey Levkoe

Produced by Susan McQueen

 AUDITIONS: SUNDAY, June 26 (1-6pm) and MONDAY, June 27 (7-10pm), 2016


REHEARSALS: Start SUNDAY, August 28, 2016 – TUESDAY/ THURSDAY/ SUNDAY schedule, with some table work in August

PERFORMANCES: OCTOBER 20 – November 5, 2016 at The Alumnae Theatre, Toronto

 OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. They have spent their entire lives on cattle farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary lives right next door to Anthony and is determined to have him, while watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father, Tony, threatening to disinherit him and, a land feud simmering between their families, and Aoife, her mother as mediator, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny and ultimately, deeply moving.


CHARACTERS & AGES TO BE PLAYED (Accents are not needed at auditions):

TONY, 75 Bullying, tough-love father to Anthony. Easily provoked to anger & stubborn. Lives with a great deal of resentment and bitterness.


AOIFE, 70 (Eo-fuh) Nurturing and protective mother to Rosemary and surrogate mother to Anthony. Plays the role of mediator between Anthony and Tony.


ROSEMARY, 39 Anthony’s powerful, feisty neighbour with a clarity of vision. She knows what she wants but getting it is complicated. Inherited her father’s stubbornness. Determined to have Anthony, she fluctuates between despair and hope.


ANTHONY, 42 Painfully shy, a joyless farmer who is torn about staying, while listening to the voice that tells him to “go.” He has stopped noticing anything outside himself and lives with the fear of rejection and failure.


TO BOOK AN AUDITION – Contact Judith Levkoe at  levkoejudith@sympatico.ca and indicate your preferred audition date, time and the character for whom you wish to audition. Attach your resume with contact number & a recent head shot. Alternately, call Judith at 416-214-4770 and provide the above info as well as your email address.

 LOCATION – Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd, one black north of the Coxwell Subway Station exit, and east of Coxwell.


PREPARATION – If the Director does not know your work, prepare a 2-minute monologue. Read the play before your audition as there will be readings from the script.

SCRIPT- A copy of OUTSIDE MULLINGAR will be available upon request.

 PLEASE NOTE: Toronto Irish Players (TIP) is a non-profit, non-Equity community theatre group. Participants are not paid, and union members (ACTRA/Equity) cannot be used. If cast, it is required that you join the Toronto Irish Players group.

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“Elvis’s Toenail is a slice of 1960’s Irish Culture with a charming allure.”

Meet another member of the cast of Elvis’s Toenail! Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s drama on the Main Stage of Alumnae Theatre, Feb 19 – March 7. Visit http://www.torontoirishplayers.com/ for reservations & info.

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David Elliot Dickie was born in the west end of Toronto. He discovered his passion for acting at a young age and attended the Lorraine Kimsa Theater for Young Actors (now Young People’s Theater).  He recently portrayed Inspector Hopkins in The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca (Scarborough Players). Portraying Christy in Elvis’s Toenail marks his debut performance with the Toronto Irish Players.

What drew you to audition for the role of Christy? 

 Originally I had auditioned for the role of “Mother Francis”, alas I couldn’t quite pull off a matriarchal religious figure head of 1960’s Ireland. Maybe another time.

 Christy is a charismatic flirt with a big ol’ soft heart who brings an upbeat comedic touch to some of the plays serious tones. I have deep Irish roots myself, which are greatly fertilized by being part of this production, and that I’ve always wanted to explore. I just had to.

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Third time to “inhabit the habit” for Elvis’s Toenail actor

Barbara Taylor plays [yet another] nun in Toronto Irish Players’ Elvis’s Toenail.  Opening Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre. RESERVATIONS / INFO: http://www.torontoirishplayers.com
or 416-440-2888.

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Long-time TIP member, Barbara Taylor, who plays Mother Francis in upcoming show Elvis’s Toenail, shares her Mother Superior secrets.

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I believe it is not your first time to play a woman of the cloth?

This is my third time to inhabit the habit.

 Where do you draw inspiration for such characters?

I was a student of the Dominican Convent, Eccles Street, Dublin and no stranger to “The Nuns”.  I had a particularly challenging relationship with a Sister Mary Henry or The Hen as we all called her.  She certainly supplied me with lots of experiences to draw from.  Each of the roles I have played as a nun have been different but being educated in a convent provided me with a wealth of Sisters to help develop my “holy” characters.

Do you relish playing imposing characters?

I enjoy playing a role of any kind but I do feel finding the right level of being imposing is important.  I love…

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“Play focuses on class, gender, and religion, all set to the music of Elvis!”

Interview with Nicole Marie McCafferty on her role in Toronto Irish Players’ production of Elvis’s Toenail.

Opens Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre.  RESERVATIONS / INFO:  416-440-2888 or http://www.torontoirishplayers.com

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 Nicole Marie McCafferty plays Rose in upcoming show Elvis’s Toenail. Originally from Nova Scotia, she is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Past roles include: Pride & Prejudice (Lydia), Spring Awakening (Ilse), A Month in the Country (Vera), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), Our Town (Mrs Soames), The Hypochondriac (Angelique), Murder on the Nile (Christina), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora) among others, as well as several musicals, numerous independent films and some TV.

1. What drew you to audition for the role of Rose? The play is so well written; all of the female characters are so full, so strong and so real. I would have been delighted to play any of them, but I feel that Rose is interesting because unlike the others who are… defiant in a way, and feel that the church should not be ‘sticking it’s nose in,’ and believe very strongly that they have the right…

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Toronto Irish Players’ “Elvis’s Toenail” opens Feb 19

Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s Elvis’s Toenail at Alumnae Theatre, Feb 19 – March 7.

The play is set in a Dublin clothing factory in 1961.  It is directed by longtime Toronto Irish Players member Cliona Kenny (the playwright’s sister!), and the cast includes the playwright’s nephew, David Dickie.

Here’s an interview from the Toronto Irish Players blog:  actor Kearsten Johansson plays Imelda, an Elvis-obsessed Irish seamstress and owner of the titular relic.


PERFORMANCES: Feb 19 – March 7, 2015.
Thu – Sat @ 8pm; Sunday Matinees @ 2pm (Feb 22 & March 1).

WHERE: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St. (at Adelaide, east of Sherbourne), Toronto.

TICKETS: $20 ($18 students & seniors)

Call 416-440-2888 to reserve tickets, or visit TIP’s website to purchase online:  http://torontoirishplayers.com/

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“Elvis’s Toenail” – Toronto Irish Players present Canadian premiere at Alumnae Theatre

Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of “Elvis’s Toenail’ by Fionnuala Kenny. It opens Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre.

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Read this brilliant Q&A with playwright Fionnuala Kenny, author of  Elvis’s Toenail.

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Born in Dublin, Kenny joined the Abbey Theatre in 1968. She graduated UCD and continued working at the Abbey until 1974.

High points of her early career were working with The Dubliners in “Richard’s Cork Leg” and working with Thin Lizzy (and the great Phil Lynott) at the Peacock Theatre, being in the premiere of two Tom Murphy plays, and playing Nora in the RTE production of “ Riders to the Sea” starring Siobhan Mc Kenna.

She moved to London in 1974, married stage designer Voytek, and took up a career teaching literature in Adult Education. Head of Faculty of Arts in West London College until 1997. She relocated with her daughter, Taya, to the United States to take up a position as Artistic Director of STOP-GAP, an interactive Theatre company in Southern California.

Now a full-time writer, she lives in…

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“Awakening” – Write Now! plays presented Oct 26

Did you know that Alumnae Theatre Company, in addition to staging plays, also has a group of playwright-members  – the New Play Development group (NPD) – who like to challenge themselves?   The annual fall challenge is called Write Now!  The writers receive a challenge theme or “ingredients” on a Friday afternoon, and have just a weekend to write their 10-minute play.  Then the scripts are matched up with a pool of volunteer directors and actors, and presented as staged readings on the following Sunday.

This year’s theme – devised by Annie MacMillan, who usually writes or directs – was AWAKENING.

These are the plays that resulted (listed alphabetically by writer), and their directors.

Coming Round by Mairy Beam – Director: Stacy Halloran

Graveyard Shift by Sandy Cardinal – Director: Nina Kaye

The Walker by Norma Crawford – Director: Joanne Williams

 Does Anybody Hear Me by Marianne Fedunkiw – Director: Molly Thom

War And Peace – A Family Story by Krystyna Hunt – Director: Danielle Capretti

Somnolence by Nina Kaye – Director: Julia Haist

Last Chance by Carol Libman – Director: Jane Carnwath

When Is A Table Not A Table by Reva Nelson – Director: Pat McCarthy

The Tower by Jenny Prior – Director: Brenda Darling

A Fairy Tale Ending by Jean Shepherd – Director: Jennifer McKinley

But A Brief Dream by Morna Wales – Director: Anne Harper

You can see the short plays (max. 10 mins each) performed as staged readings on Sunday Oct 26, starting at 2pm in the 3rd floor Studio at Alumnae Theatre.  No reservations necessary, and admission is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted.  Drop on by!

*** Please note that the Toronto Irish Players will be presenting a matinee of Bernard Farrell’s Bookworms on the Main Stage at the same time. ***

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