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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.