Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Staged Reading Series: Circle Mirror Transformation on Sept. 2






 

The first staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series is Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." It will be Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

It is a Pay What You Can event. It will be immediately followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director.

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Kate Martin directs the cast, which includes Cresta Cates, Julia Colby, Steve Martin, Amelia Newlin and Neil Radtke.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Opening Night: The Importance of Being Earnest. Video preview on YouTube.


Tonight, Aug. 29, is opening night for Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

It will run through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Steve Scherer created a video preview of the production. Director Kyle Borcz provides commentary.

You can view the video here on Civic Theatre's YouTube channel.

Opening Night: The Importance of Being Earnest. Preview on jconline.com


Tonight, Aug. 29, is opening night for Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show of the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

It runs through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

A preview of the show now appears on jconline.com, the website of the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Andrew Meyer.




Andrew Meyer plays Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What does Jack Worthing want at the start of the play?
Andrew Meyer: He wants to marry Gwendolen. They flirt quite a bit, and his friend Algernon Moncrieff thinks doing so is atrocious.

Question: What is funny about the play?
A.M.: I love the style it's written in. I love how Wilde will set up a joke in Act I, but will not give you the punch line until Act III.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
A.M.: Spending quality time with another person and not caring who or what else is going on in the world.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Timothy Devery.



Timothy Devery plays Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Algernon Moncrieff?
Timothy Devery: Algernon is an upstanding British gentleman. He wants to have fun and enjoy life. He doesn't take anything seriously except bunburying.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.D.: This show was written so that it feels like an inside joke. Everyone speaks in such a manner that's so roundabout and humorous.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Rod Dimmick.



Rod Dimmick plays Dr. Chasuble in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Dr. Chasuble?
Rod Dimmick: He is the canonical influence in the script. He's also, without wanting to admit it, in love with Miss Prism.

Question: What is funny about the play?
R.D.: It pokes fun at everything rich society does. It doesn't matter what era it is, everyone's foibles are the same.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
R.D.: When you do things for other people, especially out of love, that's romantic. You take your time to think of special ways to show people you love them with all your heart.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Tamzin Malone.



Tamzin Malone plays Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Lady Bracknell?
Tamzin Malone: She is Lord Bracknell's wife, Gwendolen's mother and Algernon's aunt. She is completely interested in social prominence. She wants it for herself, her daughter, and her nephew if it's convenient.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.M.: The lines are funny. It's a farce. Lady Bracknell is making fun of herself and doesn't know it, which is always a hoot.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
T.M.: Walks on the beach. PiƱa coladas. Getting caught in the rain.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet E. Linda Jeffries.



E. Linda Jeffries plays Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Miss Prism?
E. Linda Jeffries: She is Cecily's governess and a very important person in Jack's story.

Question: What is funny about the play?
E.L.J.: I love the play on words. It's marvelously creative, it's fun and it's easier to memorize than I thought it would be.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
E.L.J.: I've made it 49-and-a-half years in a marriage that no one thought would make it. People tried to talk us out of getting married; they did not think we would suit. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Timothy Lewis.



Timothy Lewis plays Merriman in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Merriman?
Timothy Lewis: Merriman is the head butler at Jack's estate. He is a no-nonsense butler and is very protective of Cecily.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.L.: The relationships. Oscar Wilde knew a lot about humanity, how people interact and social status.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
T.L.: Being able to spend time at home with family to relax.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Jacob Linson.



Jacob Linson plays Lane in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Lane?
Jacob Linson: Lane is Algernon's butler. He is underappreciated, stressed-out and exasperated.

Question: What is funny about the play?
J.L.: The funniest part is the banter between Algy and Jack. It's very dry, very British humor.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
J.L: Romance is knowing the person who you are wanting to woo. It's paying attention, finding their quirks.