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'The Cripple of Inishmaan' to Open
at UW-Eau Claire Dec. 7 in Kjer Theatre

RELEASED: Nov. 29, 2006

poster for 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's production of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Kjer Theater. The production will hold additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 13-16 with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

"The Cripple of Inishmaan" takes place on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934. The play is a strange comic tale set in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. When word arrives on Inishmaan that a Hollywood director is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film "Man of Aran," the young Cripple Billy wants to be in the film more that anybody. Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants nothing to do with him, sets his mind to cross the sea and audition. As news of his audacity ripples through the rumor-starved community, it becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order. Filled with a cast of extraordinary characters and unexpected plot turns, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" is a journey of hope and discovery.

Senior Aaron Loy, Rosemount, Minn., will play the role of Cripple Billy, with senior Carroll Rankin, Eau Claire, as Bartley and senior Abbie Williams, Roberts, as Helen. Sophomore Brittany Gusho, Milwaukee, will play the role of Eileen, and sophomore Stephanie Unertl, Manitowoc, will play Kate. Senior James Boland, Brookfield, is cast as BabbyBobby, and freshman Christan Krueger, Rochester, Minn., will play the role of Johnnypateenmike. Sophomore Ryan McDaniel, Oregon, is cast as Dr. McSharry, and sophomore Sheena Thompson, River Falls, will play Mammy.

"The Cripple of Inishmaan" is directed by Terry Allen, professor of theater arts, who also serves as sound designer along with Art Gulig. Costume design is by Heidi O'Hare, and Kevin Gawley is the set and lighting designer. Senior Barbara Weisenberger, Fall Creek, will serve as stage manager, with senior Rebecca Witt, Jefferson, as assistant stage manager.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID.

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