Town Players of Pittsfield announces a staged reading of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield. Since its premier at Britain’s National Theatre in 1996 McDonagh’s work has gone on to achieve its rightful place in the great pantheon of Irish drama.
Director, Becky Straight, has been wanting to bring this play to the stage for a long time after falling in love with the Broadway production starring Daniel Radcliffe. She is thrilled to be able to do so with the Town Players of Pittsfield. Becky recently had the opportunity to sit down with nationally syndicated radio host Stephanie Abrams of the radio show “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” to discuss the production. Becky invites you to listen to her interview with Stephanie for fun tidbits about both “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, as well as the country it’s set in. The interview can be found at: https://www.travelers411.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19516
Included in the cast are Marya LaRoche (Kate), Colleen Surprise Jones (Eileen), Derek Ormond (JohnnyPateenMike), Joey LaBrasca (Cripple Billy), Devin Trager (Bartley), Gabrielle D. Straight (Helen), Jerry Greene (BabbyBobby), John Trainor (Doctor McSharry) and Patricia Duckworth (Mammy).
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film “Man of Aran”, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. ‘The Cripple Of Inishmaan’ examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and shows once more that playwright Martin McDonagh is master of the deepest, darkest and most powerful humor.
Admission is $5. Please note: This play contains strong language.