PITTSFIELD >> Town Players of Pittsfield has scheduled auditions Monday and Tuesday at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. for their upcoming April staged reading of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan."

Sign-in both nights begins at 7 with auditions starting at 7:30. If necessary, callbacks will be held at a later date and will be by invitation.

Actors should be prepared to present a short monologue (drama or comedy). If needed, monologues will be available at the audition. Actors may also be called upon to read sides from the script, both singularly and in combination with others. No memorization or preparation of sides is required. An Irish dialect will be used in this production, though it will not necessarily be required during the audition process.

"The Cripple of Inishmaan" will be performed at 2 p.m. on April 24 at the Whitney Center.

Rehearsals will be held 1-3 times per week. Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to list all conflicts between the date of auditions and date of performance. Due to the limited time for rehearsal, auditioners are being asked to be honest with their availability. The rehearsal schedule will be created based on those selected for the cast and the conflicts listed on their audition forms.

Becky Straight is directing this dark comedy, set in 1934 on Inishmaan, a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, where word has arrived on that documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film "Man of Aran." The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.


The play contains strong language.

A complete description of the play's characters is available online at townplayers.org.

For questions, email the director, Becky Straight, at beckystraight@gmail.com.