As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.
Home of the Brave by Arthur Laurents was directed by Steven Koehler and read September 25, 2007. It was presented with the opening production of the 2007-2008 MainStage season, Steel Magnolias. Home of the Brave was presented in conjunction with One Great Read, which focused on James Bradley's book Flags of Our Fathers.
The action of this three-act play takes place on an island and in a hospital in the South Pacific over several weeks late in World War II. Coney is in the hospital, unable to walk after a volunteer assignment that had him and other engineers map the island in preparation for an Allied invasion. During that assignment, though, Coney's best friend in the group is killed and Coney suffers and questions why he wasn't able to help him. The script looks at the psychological after-effects of war, anti-Semitism, the nature of friendship and guilt, and more.
The cast for the staged reading of Home of the Brave was:
Capt. Harold Bitterger -- Harry E. Brown
Major Dennis Robinson, Jr. -- Kevin Colby
T.J. -- Eric Bishop
Coney -- Ryan Wellner
Finch -- Cameron Johnston
Mingo -- Brent Wick