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‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’


‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

JCCC theatre students perform ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Students and faculty of the music and theatre department of Johnson County Community College will present “ The Cripple of Inishmaan” during several performances in April and May.

All performances, which are free and open to the public, will take place in Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center on campus.  Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26 and May 2-3. Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27 and May 3-4. Seating is available on a first-come, first- served basis.

The play, written by Martin McDonagh, is a dark comedy told in the tradition of Irish storytelling. It centers on the life of a young cripple, Billy, who yearns to be accepted by his community and to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. That opportunity arises when a Hollywood director comes to a neighboring island and is looking for extras for his film.  Billy, determined to be in the film, embarks on an adventure with many unexpected plot twists taking the audience on a wild and unpredictable journey of hope and discovery.

The play is directed by John Rensenhouse, managing director for Kansas City Actors Theatre.