Saturday, May 10, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth

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.

Two one-act plays had their world premieres during the staged reading series. Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray was directed by John David Collier; A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan was directed by Julia Colby. They were read April 8, 2008. They were presented with Crowns.

In Scott Haan’s comedy A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth, three women meet by accident at a bar called Safe Haven and come to the conclusion they are all dating the same man: photographer Brandon Butterworth. Angry Lucy concocts a plan to trap Brandon, put him through some misery and get revenge at the same time. Ditzy Rebecca and bookish Constance agree to the plan, leading Brandon through a very bad day filled with reversals, stunning surprises and a lot of humor.

The cast for the staged reading of A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth was:

Bartender — Alan Hertz
Lucy — Bethany Grimes
Rebecca — Erin O’Connor
Constance — Windi Hornsby
Brandon — Kyle Bushre
Kenny — Dave Stoike

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