The inaugural production of The NOLA Project, Martin McDonagh’s THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN began what would become an institution in New Orleans theatre. Led by Founding Artistic Director Andrew Larimer and Directed by James Tripp, the play follows the darkly humorous story of Cripple Billy who, more than anything, wants to be in the Hollywood film being shot near his remote Irish island town of Inishmaan. A career in Hollywood films would be lovely, but really any escape from Inishmaan, with its babbling gossips, overprotective aunties, drunkard mammies, and relentlessly teasing locals would be a welcome change of pace.
The production, slated to run the final three weekends of August 2005, was cut short by Hurricane Katrina. The company completed the final run in New York City at the HERE Arts Center later that fall.
When the company returned to New Orleans in May of 2006, the Irish cottage set built for the production was still standing in the NOCCA black box. The National Guard had commandeered the building and had used the theatre as a sleeping barracks for several months.