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Watsonville High drama takes on Irish comedy-drama

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

Watsonville High drama students work through a scene of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" Wednesday. Here, Xochi Chavez (from left), Anissa Balderas, Raudel Covarrubias and Maria Martinez portray the daily antics in an Irish candy shop. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — With a minimal set, a small cast and a story that takes place nearly 80 years ago on a remote island off Ireland’s west coast, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” starts Friday at the Henry J. Mello Center.

The play is set on Inishmaan, where Billy Claven lives with his aunts. The boy, who is severely crippled, longs for life beyond the solitude of the island and an escape from the gossip and prejudgment that is part-and-parcel of small-town living.

Joel Hernandez, who plays Billy, said he was challenged at times by learning to speak in an Irish accent and walk with the pronounced limp required of his role.

Hernandez said he enjoyed the humor that runs through the play, but added that the underlying issues - such as battling discrimination - instilled touches of gravity.

“I think he wants to prove himself,” He said.


“The Cripple of Inishmaan” is playing in the Henry J. Mello Center. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.

For the complete article see the 11-29-2012 issue.

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