Saturday, September 26, 2009

In the Wings: Our Town. Meet Margaret Duvall.

Margaret Duvall plays the Stage Manager in Our Town, the first production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Thornton Wilder.

Margaret has acted in Our Town before: she played Rebecca Gibbs when Purdue University Theatre mounted a production years ago.

"I love its simplicity," she said. "The show is all about the characters and the acting. There's nothing to distract the audience from experiencing what's really going on in the show."

The role of the Stage Manager typically is played by older men, but Margaret explained how she is developing her version of the character.

"The Stage Manager is straightforward, a bit fast-paced and businesslike. The Stage Manager also is rather emotionless," she said. "But at points in the play, she becomes thoughtful. Because of the contrast, those moments are more potent."

Margaret concluded by describing the emotional impact of the scene in which Emily Webb, played by Sydney Cason, travels to the world of the living and then returns to the cemetery.

"The scene is beautifully written by Thornton Wilder and the way it's directed ... it'll be difficult for me as an actor not to get involved in it emotionally because of how moving it is," she said.

Our Town runs from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m.; the show on Sunday afternoon begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

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

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