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The Cripple of Inishmaan
Feb. 22-Mar. 10, 2013
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Professional Equity Theatre Presentation

The Cripple of Inishmaan


The Cripple of Inishmaan is a little Irish yarn about a little Irish island and little Billy Claven’s big Irish dream. Centenary Stage Company presents The Cripple of Inishmaan opening February 22nd and running through March 10th in the Sitnik Theatre at the David and Carol Lackland Center.   
[closer view] Photo by Bob Eberle

It's 1934 and the sleepy island of Inishmaan is abuzz with the news that Hollywood has come to County Galway, as a famous director arrives on the neighboring island to film his movie The Man of Aran. Up until then, “Cripple Billy,” as he’s known on the little island of Inishmaan, has spent most of his days gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him. Billy becomes determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank but the poverty-stricken, gossip-loving locals take a harder view of his gamble for fame and fortune.

St. Patrick's ParadeSt. Patrick's Parade
This celebration of the Celtic arts culminates with Hackettstown’s 5th Annual St. Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 10th. Friday March 8, at 6:00 PM will kick things off with the St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshall Reception. The Grand Marshall leading the parade will be Centenary College President Dr. Barbara Lewthwaite. Sunday will find the town filled with spectators coming to enjoy the biggest parade of the year which will include Irish bands, Community Groups, Bagpipes, Drums, Centenary College Clubs and Groups, Horses, Dancers, Fire Departments and Rescue Squads and hometown favorites the Junior and Senior Colonial Musketeers and the Hackettstown Community Band. Visit for details on the event.
Enjoy these Interview Videos - The Cripple of Inishmaan
                  Tom Morin playing the part of Cripple Billy
                  Tom Morin

Tom Morin playing the part of Cripple Billy
What do you think audiences will like most about this play?
"... while it is funny, there's also a real incredible soul and heart to the play. I think the audience is going to love connecting to the stories."
Additional Interview Videos:
Carolyn Popp performing Aunt Kate
Dave Scheffler performing as Doctor McSharry
Carl Wallnau, Director

Chance to win a Dining Gift Certificate!
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Join us these last 2 weekends of The Cripple of Inishmaan Feb. 28th - Mar. 10th for a chance to win a Dining Gift Certificate to either Mama's Pizza & Cafe Baci in Hackettstown NJ or to Pasta Grill by Enzo in Mansfield NJ! Dont miss out on this opportunity to see a hillarious show and a great meal!
Thanks to Mama's Restaurant and Cafe Baci and Pasta Grill by Enzo's in Mansfield for their generous donations.


Irish humor is legendary and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh—author of the screen play for the films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths—has single handedly taken it to a new contemporary level. McDonagh is considered one of the greatest living Irish playwrights having authored two sets of trilogies, The Leenane and the Aran Islands trilogies, located in and around County Galway in Ireland. Plays like The Beauty Queen of Leenane helped to launch his career making him the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards’ Most Promising Playwright in 1996. In his relatively short career, he has also been nominated four times for a Tony Award for Best Play. In The Cripple of Inishmaan, McDonagh gives audiences a merciless portrayal of a world comically cramped and relentlessly absurd with eccentric island characters trading stories to within an inch of their lives while a young man tries to make sense of who he is.

View The Cripple of Inishmaan Video
(snippits of the production / reviewer comments)

The Reviewers all agree!

"'The Cripple of Inishmaan' is an extremely powerful play that takes the audience through a full gamut of emotions. "
            - Janine M. Torsiello, Morris Beats [Full Review]

"'The Cripple of Inishmaan' blends humor and pathos at Centenary Stage Company"
            - Ronni Reich, The Star-Ledger [Full Review]

"Centenary Stage's excellent dark comedy 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'"
            - Rick Busciglio, NY Examiner [Full Review]

"The Cripple of Inishmaan, it should be said up front, is hilarious, and the Centenary Stage Company production, directed by Carl Wallnau, certainly does it justice."
            - Sheila Abrams, NJ Arts Maven [Full Review]
"It makes strong demands on viewers as it whiplashes our emotions and expectations. The sympathy and affection, or lack thereof, for the people of Inishmaan will likely vary a great deal from person to person.... Oh, did I mention that The Cripple of Inishmaan is a comedy?"
            - Bob Rendell, [Full Review]

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Director:   Carl Wallnau

This production is directed by Artistic Director Carl Wallnau, known for his quick-witted style and recently recognized by the 2012 NJ Footlights Awards for his direction of last season’s hit comedy The Ladies Man.

Play by:   Martin McDonagh

L-R:   Carolyn Popp as Kate, Catherine Rust as Eileen, Leah Barker as Helen, Mark Byrne as Babbybobby, Tom Morin as Cripple Billy, Kathleen Huber as Mammy, Kyle Parham as Bartley, and David Edwards as Johnnypateenmike.

The Cast
Playing the role of Cripple Billy is Tom Morin, a 2010 MFA graduate of Ohio University and performing for the first time on the Centenary Stage. This production also features familiar faces to those who frequent CSC. David Edwards and Kathleen Huber, who were both in CSC’s fall production of The Mousetrap, will be switching from English to Irish accents for their portrayals of Johnnypateenmike and Mammy, respectively. Among Mr. Edwards Broadway credits, he also played both Max Bialystock and Roger DeBris in the First National Tour of The Producers. And audiences may recognize Ms. Huber from regionally performing with Paper Mill Playhouse as well as Pennsylvania Shakespeare. This production is privileged to also include a real-live Irishman, Mark Byrne, born and bred in Dublin playing the role of Babbybobby. Helen, Cripple Billy’s love interest, is Leah Barker. Ms. Barker studied theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Catherine Rust (Long Valley) is pleased to be back on stage playing Aunt Eileen, and filling the role of Aunt Kate is Carolyn Popp (Jersey City), who has appeared on the Centenary Stage in The Tillie Project and Sister Week. When asked about her role in this production Ms. Popp said, “I'm so looking forward to this show because of the basic sense of community, dignity, and a will to survive - all with a healthy dose of good humor that pervades these stories. These are real people doing their best - I love them.” Also, returning to CSC’s stage, after performing in The Christmas Carol and Oliver, is Dave Scheffler (Easton, PA) playing the Doctor.

Set Design
The Sitnik Theatre is once again being transformed by Emmy Award-winning set designer Bob Phillips. Mr. Phillips also designed CSC’s productions of The Mousetrap, Light up the Sky, and The Ladies Man. He has designed over 75 sets for Orlando Shakespeare Festival and regularly works with Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Florida Studio Theatre, and many New York and regional theatres. Phillips’ television designs include Come on Over, Another World, Search for Tomorrow, and Sesame Street, where he has designed for 22 seasons.

Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesdays February 27th and March 6th and for the Preview Performance on Friday, February 22nd at 2 p.m.

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Centenary Brunch
During the college semester, Centenary College opens the special Centenary Brunch to the public on Sundays, in the dining hall of the Lackland Center. Serving from 11-1:30 PM, the brunch includes a traditional Breakfast Buffet, plus a Carving Station, Deli Counter, Luncheon Entrée, and more. The Brunch is priced at only $8.25, and no advance reservations are required.

About the David and Carol Lackland Center

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center
   Sitnik Theater of the
   Lackland Performing Arts Center

The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz 42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio, and gallery space for visual artists.

Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities to northwest New Jersey.             ...more (including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')

Lackland Center Seating

Sitnik Theatre - Lower Level Seating Chart
Sitnik Lower Level Seating
Seats assigned on a best available basis.
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Sitnik Theatre - Balcony Seating Chart Sitnik Balcony

Seats assigned on a best available basis.
[closer view]
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Tickets are available for purchase online using our Secure Online Ticketing, by calling (908)979-0900 or in person at the Lackland Center. Tickets for The Cripple of Inishmaan range from $17.50 to 27.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is “Date Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. See full ordering details on our 'How To Order' page.
Subscription Flex Passes:

  Golden Flex Pass (all 25 events incl. Curtain Up & Family Series) $275.00
  Pick Ten Flex Pass (any ten events) $200.00
  Pick Seven Flex Pass (any seven events) $147.00
  Pick Five (Any five events) $110.00

Individual Tickets
Individual Tickets are:

Season Plays

Theatre Plays  (Except Wizard of Oz)

  • Matinees/Fridays   Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Saturday    Adult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Thursday (Family Night)    ALL SEATS  $25.00

Wizard of Oz

  • Matinees/FridaysAdult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Saturday         Adult $29.50     Sr/Stu $27.50   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Thursday (Family Night)   ALL SEATS  $27.50
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'

Season Concert/Dance Events (in advance):

Concerts and Special Events

  • ROBERT KLEIN    Orchestra $40.00   Balcony $35.00
    Orchestra plus pre-show reception $55.00
    VIP $100.00 (Includes post-show reception with artist) *
  • Donna McKechnie     ALL SEATS $35.00 Advance   ($40.00 day of event)
  • New Jersey Ballet     Adult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $15.00
  • Le Vent du Nord      Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $17.50
  • Umoja, Moe-tion, Nimbus, Dorfman  
    Adult $17.50     Sr/Stu $15.00    Child under 12  $12.50

‘Music for a Sunday Afternoon’ 
All Performances        Adult $17.50     Sr/Stu $17.50    Child under 12  $10.00

Family Series       
   Adult $20.00      Sr/Stu $20.00      Child under 12  $17.50
   ** WORKSHOPS    Adult $18.50      Sr/Stu $18.50      Child under 12  $18.50

January Jazz Fest         

  • Benny Goodman Tribute    Adult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Kathy Kosins    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $20.00    Child under 12  $15.00
  • Hot Club of Detroit    Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $17.50
Limited to 60 people; tickets available only via the Box Office
Limited to 50 people; Contact CSC for Workshop Details
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'
Note: Senior: age is 65+
Student: anyone who can prove full-time student classification (ID may be required for verification purposes) no matter the institution (whether it's High School or College)
Secure Online Tickets/Ordering
The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and sponsors, including Premier Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Holiday Inn (Budd Lake-Rockaway Area), Bronze Sponsor, Mama's and Café Baci, in Hackettstown and Centenary Stage Company Members and Sponsors.





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