A Hollywood documentary crew lands on an impoverished Irish isle where, despite the gossip and gibes of his eccentric neighbors, the ambitious orphan Billy "Cripple" Claven vies for his shot at stardom. The New York Post calls the Olivier Award-winning Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Beauty Queen of Leenane) a "playwright to reckon with...his comic talent appears unlimited." Join the world-renowned Druid Theatre in collaboration with Atlantic Theatre Company for this savagely funny and brutally honest tale—one that, in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, promises to stay with you long after you leave the theater.
Approximate Running Time: approx. 2 and a half hours (includes intermission)
International programming at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
is supported, in part, by the Julius Frankel Foundation.
The Cripple of Inishmaan is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
It's 1934, and excitement strikes the sleepy Irish village of Inishmaan, a three-mile long stretch of rocky land, when the local gossip, Johnnypateeenmike, announces that director Robert Flaherty is bringing a Hollywood crew to film a documentary on the Aran Islands. No one is more eager to audition than the orphaned "Cripple" Billy, who hungers for the love of both a girl and the parents he's never known. After a lifetime of being mocked and maligned by neighbors like the blustery Slippy Helen and her brother Bartley, Billy longs to escape the island and his eccentric foster aunts, Eileen and Kate, who talks to stones. Leaving behind his questions about his parents' death, Billy sets sail for the United States, but what he discovers in Hollywood only seems to lead him back to Inishmaan.