This production of the Druid Theatre comes to New York following a U.K. tour. It will play a limited engagement through Feb 1, 2009.
Garry Hynes directs a cast that includes Kerry Condon, Andrew Connolly, Laurence Kinlan, Dearbhla Molloy, Aaron Monaghan, Best Actress Tony Award winner Marie Mullen (Beauty Queen of Leenane), Patricia O'Connell, David Pearse and John C. Vennema.
"Set in 1934 on an island off the west coast of Ireland," The Cripple of Inishmaan, ATC press notes state, concerns "Hollywood filmmaker Robert Flaherty [who] arrives on the neighboring island of Inishmore to film his movie 'The Man of Aran' and excitement ripples through the sleepy community of Inishmaan. For orphaned Billy Claven, who has been relentlessly scorned by the island's inhabitants, the film represents an escape from the poverty of his existence. He vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, it is the cripple who gets his chance."
Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets, priced $65, are available by (212) 279-4200 or by visiting ticketcentral.com.
For more information visit www.atlantictheater.org.
Here is a look at an early opening party held Dec. 18 at Earth (116A Tenth Avenue):
All photos by Aubrey Reuben