Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Members of the Lonely Planet Discussion Panel

Following tonight's staged reading of Lonely Planet, there will be a panel discussion about the topic of friendship, especially between gay men. The panelists will be:

Bryan Bell, president of Pride Lafayette, Inc., and editor-in-chief of the Pride Lafayette Quarterly publication. Pride Lafayette is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the health, education and sense of community of GLBTI citizens of the Greater Lafayette area, and provide a supportive, welcoming venue for newcomers and those new to identifying their sexual orientation or gender identity.

John Metzinger, president of Citizens for Civil Rights and board secretary for Indiana Equality. Both organizations are working to expand and enhance civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens in Indiana.

Along with the panel discussion, audience members are welcome to join in a question-and-answer session with the panelists, director, actors and stage manager. Both the discussion and the Q&A session will be moderated by Civic Theatre Managing Director Steve Koehler. The staged reading begins at 7 p.m., and takes place at the Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street.


Steve said...

My highest praise and congratulations to Steve Martin and the cast of Lonely Planet. The show was wonderful last night, a great way to close our first Staged Reading season.

Perhaps we should come up with a better name for the series, any ideas?

Steve Martin said...

To get the ball rolling & have something to work against, how about:

Theater-In-Hand Series
Script Reading Program
Instant Theater Series
Read-And-Review Series
Script Exposure Initiative
On The Page Program

Kyle Bushre said...

I too congratulate Steve Martin on a successful show and Steve Koehler on a successful series. This is a great way to get more theatre into our community and more thoughtful consideration of issues into the minds of our residents.
I like Theatre-in-Hand Series or Instant Theatre Series. I don't like Script Reading Program or Script Exposure Initiative because they sound like government programs or bills we're trying to pass!

Scott Haan said...

I second Kyle on congratulating the Two Steves for a great show last night and a wonderful launch to the series. It allowed you to showcase the work of several wonderful writers (one in particular, ahem) and quite a few talented actors (one in particular, ahem). : )

(Obviously, I'm alluding to Deborah Gray and Kyle Bushre here, in case that was vague.)

Maybe it's just me, but I still like Staged Readings as the title. "Reading" covers the fact that the actors will be reading directly from the script, while "Staged" gives each director the freedom to be as minimalist ("Home of the Brave", "Love Letters") or complex ("Doubt", "Lonely Planet") as they want. It implies some latitude.

None of the alternatives really grab me, to be honest: "Script Exposure Initiative" calls to mind a taskforce designed to hunt down scripts with exhibitionist tendencies. "Instant Theatre" downplays the amount of work that can (and often does) go into this. It makes me picture people reading a script cold on the night of the event, rather than rehearsing in advance (and presenting a well-thought-out version of the script). And as for "Theatre-In-Hand", I can't be the only one here with a dirty mind who sees the unintended implication here, can I? Can I?

Mark Allen Carter said...

I think it should stay as "Staged Reading Series"

Keep it simple.

Congratulations on a great season.