Rockford College: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

Rockford College is pleased to present “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” a student-directed 3-Penny theater production at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, in Cheek Theatre in the Rockford College Clark Arts Center. Admission to the show is three cents, or a donation benefiting Rockford College Performing Arts. More info: 226-4100.

3-Penny theater productions are produced entirely by Rockford College students. Working with a modest budget, they build the sets, make costumes, and create the advertising. The director for “The Cripple of Inishmaan” is Sara Palmer. Palmer is from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she studied drama in the International Baccalaureate program under Rett Neale. Palmer is currently a senior technical theater/scenic design major at Rockford College. The cast includes Emily Ostenson, Amber Wines, Alan Wales, Erin Conner, Pearl Eidsen, Steve Tagtmeier, Erin Ammer, Jeremy Toledo and Joe Bohn.

This play is written by Martin Mcdonagh. Life is tedious on the side of Inishmaan, off the west coast of Ireland in 1934. News of a famous Hollywood director shooting a film on the neighboring Island of Inishmore makes everyone dream of becoming famous actors, but no one more than little Billy the crippled boy. With a host of colorful characters at his side, he will learn how to take a stand. This play is recommended for ages 13 and older.

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