Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In the Wings: Private Lives. Meet Kristen Lesniak.


Kristen Lesniak plays Sybil in Private Lives by Noël Coward, the final production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show marks Kristen's acting debut with Civic. She had not been involved with theatre for a number of years, but worked backstage for this season's production of Children of Eden.

"Kate Walker, who directed Children of Eden, told me that Sidney Pellissier is a fabulous director," Kristen said. "She strongly recommended that I audition for Private Lives."

At the start of the play, Sybil is enjoying her honeymoon with Elyot, who is about 10 years older than her.

"Problems arise when Elyot wants to leave the hotel, but won't explain why to Sybil," Kristen said. "Elyot ends up stranding her at the hotel, and she vows to track him down to find out what has happened. She wants an ideal married life, which is what she thought she was getting when she married him."

Kristen explained that audience members may be able to relate to at least one of the characters on stage, perhaps either seeing how ridiculous they were while in a relationship or feel justified in how they behaved in a relationship.

She also said the audience will enjoy the language of the script.

"The dialogue is so well-written and the repartee between the characters is delightful to act," she said. "The audience will take away how dynamic life is and what happens when it throws you a curveball."

Private Lives opens Friday, May 8, and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 24. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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