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Fall Play A Success


For students in the fall play, learning their lines, marks and choreography was relatively easy — it was mastering an Irish accent that proved the biggest challenge.

Students are performing in The Cripple of Inishmaan tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. And as they ran their lines and scenes Wednesday night for dress rehearsal, they proved they’d gotten their Irish accents ready.

The Cripple of Inishmaan is set in 1934 off the west coast of Ireland. It focuses on a young man with a withered hand and foot; he’s known by the locals as ‘Cripple Billy.’ He is played by Zack McCabe ’15.

The play was written by Martin McDonagh and premiered in December 1996.

The show has a relatively small cast — just about nine characters — and that was appealing to some of the actors taking part.

“I wanted to get involved in this production because I love theater and I knew that working with such a talented and small group would be a great experience,” said Suzanne Egertson ’15, who last year starred in the winter musical Rent. She said the most challenging part of her experience, aside from mastering an Irish accent, is becoming the “violent and angry girl I play.”

The show includes some relative newcomers — Sathvik Sudireddy ’15 said he first tried acting last year and loved it, so he decided to try out again. It also includes some theater vets like Lauren Zoppo ’13, who has been a part of several productions during her Brooks career.

“I love the fall play; it is always a great group of people who I normally would never get to spend time with. It is usually a small cast, and together we experiment, encouraging each other to go deeper into our characters,” said Lauren.

She plays Eileen, Billy’s aunt. She said it was difficult, but exciting, to be part of discovering who Eileen is. “The script gave very little direction in terms of who Eileen was (besides her being a mid-60s aunt who loves candy) so it has been exciting to experiment and come up with my own interpretation of who she is,” said Lauren.

Did You Know?
Zack McCabe is in good company. Actor Daniel Radcliffe — best known for playing Harry Potter on the big screen — will play Cripple Billy in a London production of Inishmaan next year.