TU Theatre kicks off 2008 with an Irish comedy

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Published on 2/5/08

The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre will present "The Cripple of Inishmaan," an Irish comedy about breaking societal molds, Feb. 14–17 and 21–24 in Chapman Theatre in Kendall Hall. Evening performances are at 8 p.m., with two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 24.

Written by Oscar award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" follows the isolated lives of the people living on a small island off the coast of Ireland. When a Hollywood film crew arrives to shoot a documentary about their remote home, the eccentric characters on the island are thrown off of their routine and into a binge of gossip and star-struck ambition.

Orphan and outcast "Cripple" Billy views the arrival of the film crew as his chance to escape his dead-end life on the island, where he is seen only for his disability. When he auditions for a part in the film, the townspeople gossip and ridicule his efforts, but are flabbergasted when he succeeds in gaining the filmmakers’ attention.

All performances will take place in Kendall Hall on the TU campus. Tickets are $7 for regular admission, $5 for non-TU students and senior citizens, and $2 for TU students, staff and faculty. For more information, call TU Department of Theatre at (918) 631-2566.