Apron presents ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at Next Stage

PUTNEY — The Apron Theater Company and the Next Stage Arts Project present “The Cripple of Inishmaan,”a play by Martin McDonagh.

Performances are at Next Stage Arts on Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11; and Thursday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 17. The Aug. 11 performance is a 2 p.m. matinee; the other performances are at 8 p.m.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” is Apron's second production as Next Stage's “theater company in residence” after its staging of “Wit.”

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” is a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh who links the story to the real life filming of the documentary “Man of Aran.”

Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the western coast of Ireland around 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighboring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty, and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.

Karla Baldwin directs. The production team includes Rachel Mason, stage manager; Katia Morosan, production manager of The Apron Theater Co.; Jonathan Hathaway, set design; John Todd, lighting design; Vivian Smith, costume design; and Heather Taylor, set painting.

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