Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-04-18

Samford University Theatre will present Martin McDonagh’s bittersweet satire, The Cripple of Inishmaan May 4-7 in Harrison Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. May 4-6 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.

Through the tradition of Irish storytelling, the play portrays private acts revealed to public eyes.

The plot: on the island of Inishmaan, off the west coast of Ireland, is the home of Billy, an outcast cripple played by Jeff Mangum. When the opportunity to audition for a Hollywood director arises, Billy takes it, in an effort to escape the hopeless confinement of being crippled and misunderstood. His departure to an idealistic America allows him to realize his dreams and his place in the world.

Samford junior Andy Davis directs the production, the final play in this year’s Samford Theatre season which has been themed "Private Acts, Public Eyes."

A pre-performance dinner will be held on opening night, Thursday, May 4, in the Rotunda Club. On Friday, the theatre department will offer a drama workshop for children ages four to 10 during the performance. For information on the workshop or dinner, call 726-2951.

Play tickets are $7 adults, and $6 students and senior citizens. For reservations, call the Samford Theatre Box Office at 726-2853.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.