Set on the tiny island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a comic tale that centers on the lame and lovesick Billy, a teenage orphan who has lived with two foster aunts since his parents drowned themselves to get away from him. When it is reported that a film about life on the Aran Islands is in need of extras, Billy sees an opportunity to escape his boring life. It is his ambition to become a “star” that upsets the locals and produces the play’s humor.
McDonagh’s first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was written in eight days. By the time it was produced in 1997, McDonagh had four plays showing simultaneously in London, a rare accomplishment for someone only 27 years of age. According to the New York Post, “McDonagh’s comic talent appears unlimited, and he also has a way of mixing up his humor with a touch of the poet and a profound sense of tragedy.”
Corwin Georges, department chair and professor of theatre and dance, will direct the production. Members of the cast include David Herzog of Springfield, Ohio, and Max Stein of Mamaroneck, N.Y., both class of 2006; Meghan O’Brien of Fitchburg, Mass., and Katy Nichols, Toledo, Ohio, both class of 2007; Rayna Long of Payne, Ohio, and Amanda Rollins of LaCrescenta, Calif., both class of 2008; and Andrew Goldstein of Rockville, Md., Evan Smith of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Andrew Nash of University Heights, Ohio, all class of 2009.
Tickets are $4 and will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 26, at the Benham-Pence Student Center Service Center, 327-7443, or at the theatre, 905 Woodlawn Ave., one hour in advance of each performance.
- Marj Newman
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