Monday, April 14, 2008

Auditions for Lonely Planet staged reading

What: Auditions for the final installment of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural Staged Reading Series -- Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz; directed by Steve Martin. Actors will be asked to read from the script.

When: Saturday, April 19, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office, 313 North 5th Street, Downtown Lafayette.

Who: The director is looking for two men between the ages of 30 and 45.

Lonely Planet
tells the story of two friends who attempt to cope with an unnamed scourge in their community in different ways. Jody isolates himself from all neighborhood activity outside the doors of his map store; Carl collects chairs from the homes of those in their neighborhood who have died from the disease. Lonely Planet examines how the bonds of friendship between these two gay men are stretched, snapped, and reformed.

In his author's note for the play's premiere in 1993, Steven Dietz wrote, "So, what do we affect during our lifetime? What, ultimately, is our legacy? I believe, in most cases, our legacy is our friends. We write our history onto them, and they walk with us through our days like time capsules, filled with our mutual past, the fragments of our hearts and minds. Our friends get our uncensored questions and our yet-to-be-reasoned opinions. Our friends grant us the chance to make our grand, embarrassing, contradictory pronouncements about the world. They get the very best, and are stuck with the absolute worst, we have to offer. Our friends get our rough drafts. Over time, they both open our eyes and break our hearts."

Questions can be addressed to the director by sending e-mail messages to: steve_martin_73@hotmail.com.

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