THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
By Martin McDonagh
aUG 18-19 1pm
hyde park opera house
Show Dates: nov 2-4 and 9-11
fri-Sat, 7:00p; Sun, 2:00p
HYDE PARK OPERA HOUSE
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN is a strange, dark 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. He goes with the film crew to the United States, only to learn that it is not everything he dreamed it would be (nor is anything, really).
NOTE: The age listed is the character's STAGE AGE.
(i.e., actor need not be that age, just be able to pass in that range while on stage)
- Billy Claven, crippled orphan, stage age 18-30, large and challenging part
- Kate Osbourne, Billy's adoptive aunt (known to talk to stones), stage age 40-60.
- Eileen Osbourne, Billy's other adoptive aunt and Kate's sister (is known to hide candy), also aged 40-60
- Johnnypateenmike, the town gossip, loud, irritating, stage age 35-70, a great comic role
- Helen McCormick, a tough girl Billy has had a crush on for some time, stage age 16-25, commanding presence
- Bartley McCormick, Helen's brother (the village idiot), stage age 16-25, must be willing to have eggs broken on his head.
- Babbybobby Bennett, a boatman whose wife died of tuberculosis, a physical man, at times tender, at others brutal. Age 30-50
- Doctor McSharry, the town doctor, couple of nice scenes, sincere man or (possibly) woman, age 35-65
- Mammy O'Dougal, Johnny's alcoholic 90-year-old mother (is trying to drink herself dead), great comic role
"Beneath the volley of barbs and loopy postures lies the same bedrock of wistfulness and exasperation that makes Beauty Queen so poignant. Mr. McDonagh has again created characters for whom the line between cruelty and kindness is slender" —NY Times.
"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 always dangerously lurking on comedy's untidy fringe. In short, young McDonagh is a playwright to reckon with…" —NY Post.
"…McDonagh's storytelling style…has the clarity and power of fable. Each character enters not only with his own idiosyncrasy but with his own distinct idiom. McDonagh skillfully juggles rhythms and repetitions so as to illuminate the sadness, defensiveness and longing for connection underneath the characters' badinage." —The New Yorker.
"We are clearly meant to recognise the echoes of Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, also set on the Aran Islands, in the narrative reversals and the story of a downtrodden hero who grows into manhood. And there is a requisite set of "colourful" characters including an egg-breaking termagant, Slippy Helen, whom Billy secretly fancies, and a village gossip filling his old mother with poteen in the hope of finishing her off. But, although it has its share of tricksiness, McDonagh's play wittily exposes the multiple layers of myth that surround Ireland." —The Guardian.
NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONS:
* Attend either day
* Please bring your calendar with you to note schedule conflicts!
* Please arrive between 12:30 and 1:00pm to fill out paperwork. Auditions start at 1:00pm SHARP
* No appointment necessary
* Wear clothes and shoes you can move in/are comfortable in
* No need to bring prepared material; readings from the script will be used. Visit this page for any updates in advance of auditions.
NOTES ABOUT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
* Details TBA
* Not all castmembers will be required to be at every rehearsal - we value your volunteer time!!