Our very own Dr. Corinne Johnson is currently in the Riverside Theatre's production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan," written by Martin McDongah.
Johnson describes the show as knee-slappingly funny, but heart-wrenchingly sad. The play is about a small island on the coast of Ireland and a camera crew comes from Hollywood to film a movie there. Billy, the main character, is crippled (hence the title) and he wants just one big thing to happen in his life. The camera crew takes him to Hollywood so that he can have a shot at acting but it turns out that Billy just didn't have what it took, and ends up coming back to Inishmaan with tuberculosis.
Johnson's character is the crotchety, 90-year-old drunken mother of the newsman on the island and she describes his job as "shitey-arsed news."
Johnson says that some of the biggest challenges of this show for her were keeping a constant Irish dialect while using clear diction. Oh yeah, and the fact that she drives over an hour to and from rehearsal every day (Riverside Theatre is in Iowa City)!
This is a great opportunity, Johnson says, because it gives her the chance to keep on acting and learning so that she can be a better teacher and mentor especially to directors and stage managers. Johnson also wants to thank Judy Hovland for the opportunity, who is on Ambrose's advisory board.
The performances are October 28-November13 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call Riverside Theatre at 319/338-7672 for reservations, or order online. The box office is open 12-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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