Friday, April 30, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Julia Colby.


Julia Colby plays Sally Bowles in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Julia auditioned for the show because she had enjoyed watching other Civic productions directed by Kate Walker and wanted the opportunity to work with her.

"I also auditioned becaues Cabaret has been one of my favorite shows for a long time," she said. "Sally is such a gem of a role and she can be portrayed in so many ways."

Julia said Sally is the headliner at the Kit Kat Club, and is full of life and vitality even as Berlin struggles to recover after the Great War.

"Sally meets Cliff Bradshaw and is interested in him," Julia said. "When she tries to interact with him, he 'gets' her from the start. That startles her and breaks her façade. She casually tiptoes into a relationship with him."

Julia concluded by suggesting what the audience will remember about a performance of the show.

"The story is fabulous and the production is shaping up to be really fantastic," she said. "The audience will enjoy all the production elements: the lighting, the set direction and the costumes. And the talent in this cast is just phenomenal."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site at http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Thursday, April 29, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Jeff Spanke.


Jeff Spanke plays Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Jeff worked with director Kate Walker on Children of Eden, which was one incentive to audition for Cabaret. He also is a fan of the show.

"Cabaret was the first Broadway touring show I saw as a kid. I was 10 or 11 years old," he said. "I remember thinking then, 'I get it.' I understood the historical context. It resonated with me because it reminded me of all the people who ignore the world around them. The show is a reminder to pay attention and be involved."

Jeff said Cliff Bradshaw is a salt of the earth American who wants to be a writer, perhaps using it as a means of escape - literally - to Berlin. He also said Cliff faces internal and external conflicts in the show.

"One of the them is his romance with Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Club," he said. "Another is the struggle he has in terms of figuring out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. And he's trying to reconcile these while the city he lives in is going to hell and burning in front of him."

Jeff said this production of Cabaret is well directed, well conceptualized and well rehearsed, which the audience will take away from a performance. He also spoke about the show's importance.

"Cabaret is incredibly relevant in 2010 in American culture. It behooves a lot of people to see it and examine our own society in terms of what we value and what we consider entertainment," he said.

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Jaymes Osborne.


Jaymes Osborne plays the Emcee in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Jaymes said the Emcee is difficult to describe, although he suggested the character may be considered a mirror.

"The Emcee welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Club and draws them into the action at the start," he said. "But then he becomes an observer: he sees everything that goes on in the club and he narrates about the other characters throughout the show."

Jaymes said Cabaret offers a great balance in tone for the audience.

"The story about the rise of the Third Reich is very dramatic and heavy, but there also is a lot of comedy and dancing in the show," he said. "The audience will walk away from a performance of the show with a lot of memorable moments."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Kathy Bruni.


Kathy Bruni plays Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Kathy has worked alongside director Kate Walker on several productions, but this marks the first time Kathy has acted in one of Kate's shows.

"Kate asked if I was interested in auditioning, and I said I would do whatever she wanted me to do," Kathy said. "I was lined up to be the production stage manager, but when I auditioned I was what Kate had in mind for the role."

Kathy said Fräulein Schneider is the epitome of what Germany was before the rise of the Nazi regime.

"She runs a very German boarding house, she's very old fashioned," Kathy said. "She is a single, older woman and very full of life. Her world is her boarding house and the people who live there. She loves what she does and finds joy in every day. We see the love affair between her and Herr Schultz blossom and he proposes to her.

"There are two couples in this tragic backdrop of Berlin in 1929. One couple is very dysfunctional and the other is very true and loving – the Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz couple. What happens between both couples is a tragedy caused by the influence of the Nazi regime coming in. It shows that all people were affected by it."

Kathy said Civic Theatre's production is thought provoking and will touch people deeply.

"It's entertaining, well done and well peformed, but the audience is not going to come away from it feeling happy or peppy," she said. "But maybe they will come away perhaps planning how they might make a difference in the world."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site at http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Monday, April 26, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Dan Miller.


Dan Miller plays Herr Schultz in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Cabaret represents Dan's first production with Civic Theatre in a while, having returned to the area in January after being away more than 10 years.

Dan described Herr Schultz as a pivot point for the show, saying that other characters' responses to him reflect the ugliness that is on the rise in Berlin in 1929.

"He is becoming familiar with Fräulein Schneider," he said. "She is looking at the environment, which is becoming more and more anti-Semitic, and she is wondering how that relationship will play out for her and what ramifications it holds for her."

Dan said Cabaret provides a lot of political commentary, but noted the show still has an uplifting musical spirit thanks to the performers.

"This is an extraordinary ensemble cast," he said. "Everyone from the chorus to the two leads is a strong performer."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Sunday, April 25, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Kate Walker, the director.


Kate Walker directs Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Kate was drawn to directing the show because of the book.

"It's meatier than some American musical theater because it deals with complex issues. The characters are very layered, very flawed individuals. And the tone is not always 'happily ever after,'" she said.

The Monon Depot Theatre is transformed into the Kit Kat Club in Berlin in 1929 thanks to the set design by John David Collier.

"Setting a show this large into the intimate space of the Monon Depot Theatre works because the club is an intimate setting, but it still has to be bigger than life," Kate said. "The audience enters the club and is greeted by the emcee. Then throughout the first act, they meet an American writer, a fruit shop owner and the residents of a boarding house above the club."

Kate expects that placing the audience in the midst of the action of the Kit Kat Club will make the events of the musical that much more powerful.

"The audience will see the characters on stage make their choice as the Third Reich comes to power," she said. "As the dancers and singers in the club make their decision which direction they're going to follow, it made me understand how difficult a choice it would have been. If you were a business owner like Fräulein Schneider and it was the only thing you knew, how difficult that choice is not to be complicit with the Nazis."

Kate concluded with what she believes an audience will most remember about this production of Cabaret.

"I hope the audience is entertained, that they'll laugh and they'll probably blush a couple of times," she said. "And we hope that they will think about the difficult choices that had to be made at the time in 1930s Berlin."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance on Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Announcing the cast of Parallel Lives

Director Allen Banning has announced the cast for Parallel Lives, the final staged reading of the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy.

The cast includes:
  • * Margaret Duvall
  • * Gerriann Fish
  • * Whitney Hinds
  • * Linda Jeffries
  • * Kris Kazmierczak
  • * Janet Mauck
  • * Laurie Russell
  • * Kate Spanke
The staged reading of Parallel Lives will be held Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

For more information about the staged reading, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Young Playwrights Project


Now that Young Playwrights Project has closed, share your thoughts about the four shows.

What will you most remember about the shows? What were your thoughts about the performances? The design? The stories and themes? What were the standout moments?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Preview of Young Playwrights Project on www.jconline.com


A preview of Young Playwrights Project appears online at http://www.jconline.com/, the Web site for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Opening Night for Young Playwrights Project: production photos













Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Young Playwrights Project opens tonight, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The show will run through Sunday, April 18. To order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Young Playwrights Project


The following preview video of Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



Young Playwrights Project opens Friday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, April 18. For more information about the show, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

In the Wings: Young Playwrights Project. Photos from rehearsals.

Thanks to Lori Anderson for providing these photos from rehearsals of Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

From Come Back to Me by Emily Davis



From Dare I Say by Margaret Duvall and Shalu Mittal




From Romeo and Juliet ... and Gretchen by Maggie Furtner




From Violins by Malena de la Fuente




Young Playwrights Project runs from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday 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 shows or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Soliciting original script submissions for the 2010-2011 Staged Reading series


In the three years the Staged Reading series has been part of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, at least one of the scripts has been an original script written by a local playwright:
  • * 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
  • * 2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
  • * 2010: TILT by Laurie Russell

The original script for the 2010-2011 Staged Reading series has yet to be selected. The committee preparing the season is soliciting submissions for original scripts by local playwrights. Here are the original script submission guidelines:

  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers a full script submission.
  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will accept a query/synopsis along with a 5-page dialogue sample.
  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers electronic submissions, which may be sent to steve@lafayettecivic.org
  • * Mailed submissions must be sent to:
    Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
    Attn: Staged Reading Committee
    313 N. 5th Street
    Lafayette, IN 47901
  • * Submissions sent via mail must include a self-addressed stamped envelope or self-addressed stamped postcard.
  • * There is no cost to submit an original script. Playwrights are limited to submitting no more than 3 scripts.
  • * Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010
  • * Response date: No later than November 1, 2010
  • * Probability of being selected: At least one original script per year is included in the Staged Reading series out of the entire pool of submissions.
  • * Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.
  • * Cast size: Ten or fewer actors are preferred.
  • * Length: Scripts may be either one act or full length.
  • * Geographic requirements: Playwrights must have their primary residency in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation – Benton County, Carroll County, Cass County, Clinton County, Fountain County, Howard County, Jasper County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Pulaski County, Tippecanoe County, Tipton County, Warren County and White County.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is a community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 155.


For more information about the Staged Reading series, please call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Announcing auditions: Parallel Lives

Audition dates have been announced for Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, the final staged reading of the 2009-2010 season. Auditions will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Allen Banning is looking to cast several women age 18 and older, possibly double-casting some roles.

In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. They create sex and the sexes. Afraid that women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods – or in this case, goddesses.

The staged reading of Parallel Lives will be held Tuesday, May 11 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. This is a Pay What You Can event.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wine, Women and Song: A silent auction fundraiser & preview


Civic Theatre presents "Wine, Women and Song": A silent auction fundraiser and preview of Cabaret

What: A silent auction of more than 50 bottles of wine

Where: Adelino's Old World Kitchen, 102 N. 3rd street, downtown Lafayette

When: April 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

How much: Minimum $5 admission

Entertainment: A preview of the upcoming production of Cabaret and songs from the 2010-2011 season

Tickets are available by calling Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or at the door the night of the event.

A cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening.
21 years of age and older only, please.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In the Wings: Young Playwrights Project. Meet Malena de la Fuente, author of Violins.


Malena de la Fuente has written Violins for Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Malena described how she became interested in submitting a script to Young Playwrights Project.

"I went to the first Writing a Play class that Civic Theatre offered in September. That was really fun and really instructive – I learned a lot from that," she said. "Then I heard about Young Playwrights Project and I thought, 'Why not? I want to see if I can write a script.'"

The plot of Violins came from Malena's thoughts about what life might hold for her and her interests.

"I was thinking, 'When I have a job, what would happen if I'm not happy with it? What if I lead a terrible life because I don't like my job?' Then I asked, 'What if want to be a writer, and I love writing, but what if I don't make it as a writer?' And I wanted to see what would happen, so I wrote Violins."

Malena described some of the characters in the play and their relationships.

"First the audience meets Charlie and James," she said. "James is part of a group of street musicians and artists. James has saved Charlie from being mugged. Charlie is a businessman, so you see the two different social classes meet and they become friends. The play is about their relationship and how it evolves, and also about the differences in the classes."

After Violins was selected to be part of Young Playwrights Project, Malena worked with her mentor, Erica McGeady, to strengthen the script.

"I had made two characters - the waitress and policeman - stereotypical villains, but I wanted them to seem more like real people so we changed that," Malena said. "We also changed the ending and extended it and put in a lot of explanations. The characterizations were good, but then we expanded on them. I learned from Erica that if something doesn't advance the plot, then you really don’t need it in the script."

Malena concluded by describing how she may feel seeing her script performed.

"In my play, all the characters are grown-ups. I'll have to see how it works out to have kids act it out. I'm sure they'll be great, but it'll be different from what I expected," she said. "Sherri Bundy, the director, will do a great job. I will be proud to see my play performed."

Young Playwrights Project runs from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 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, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Melanie R. Buchanan of Civic Youth Theatre appears on WLFI's "Heroes Among Us" segment

In her segment "Heroes Among Us," Gina Quattrocchi of WLFI TV-18 features Melanie R. Buchanan of Civic Youth Theatre and her involvement with the Tippecanoe County Child Care's after-school program.

Melanie is director of Civic Youth Theatre. She and a group of high school volunteers from CYT have spent about eight weeks teaching the students to read and perform a script.

You can read the article here at WLFI.com, or view the YouTube video.

In the Wings: Young Playwrights Project. Meet Maggie Furtner, author of Romeo and Juliet ... and Gretchen.


Maggie Furtner has written Romeo and Juliet … and Gretchen for Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Maggie wrote the script in eighth grade along with Wagma Mirzoy, Austin Bates and Connor Forbes for a creative writing class.

"The teacher really liked our script and when I saw that Young Playwrights Project was happening this season, I thought 'Why not submit it?'" she said.

The play is a parody of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. While some of the action mirrors the original's, there also are a lot of differences.

"Romeo and Juliet meet at the Capulet ball, but there is a twist: Juliet has an identical twin sister, but Romeo does not know this sister - Gretchen - exists. He meets Gretchen and thinks she's Juliet," Maggie said. "It gets very confusing because neither of the girls know that he's going out with both of them, and he doesn't know that he's going out with two different girls."

Maggie and her mentor Mark Leahy worked on Romeo and Juliet ... and Gretchen after it was accepted into Young Playwrights Project.

"We worked a lot on characterization and the separation between Juliet and Gretchen. We also added more jokes to the script," she said.

Maggie concluded by explaining how she may feel when she sees Romeo and Juliet ... and Gretchen performed.

"It's going to be very exciting but also a little scary," she said. "I'm not in rehearsals and my vision is probably different than Laurie Russell's (the director's) vision. Of course I'll probably be nervous, but it's also really cool. If people laugh, I'll be happy."

Young Playwrights Project runs from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 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, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

In the Wings: Young Playwrights Project. Meet Emily Davis, author of Come Back to Me.


Emily Davis has written Come Back to Me for Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Emily said that she often gets ideas for stories, but Come Back to Me is the first script she has written.

"Some ideas I don’t end up writing down, but some of them I do. Sometimes I write down half of an idea, but I forget to write down the rest of it," she said. "I had this story in my mind and had been thinking it over when I heard about Young Playwrights Project. I thought, 'Hey, I'll enter it.'"

Emily described how the play opens and some of the characters.

"The play takes place right after the end of the Civil War," she said. "Adelaide, the main character, is 15 years old. She is sitting with her mother who is about to die. As far as Adelaide knows, her mother is her last living relative. Soon after her mother dies, Adelaide falls ill and is found by two hunters. One is a bratty younger brother and the other is trying to be mature and responsible."

After Come Back to Me was selected to be part of Young Playwrights Project, Emily met Scott Haan, her mentor and author of A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth, one of the original scripts in the 2007-2008 Staged Reading series. Emily described how she and Scott worked on the script.

"I had a couple of characters who were in a scene at the orphanage but didn't say anything. Scott helped me realize that they weren't important and I could cut them out," she said. "Also, John – the younger brother – was going through a lot of drama at first. There wasn't any humor. We made John younger and funnier."

Emily concluded by describing what she hopes to get out of seeing Come Back to Me on stage.

"I hope seeing my play onstage will inspire me to write more," she said. "Right now I'll write here and there when I think of an idea. I hope seeing it performed will help me to think of more ideas."

Young Playwrights Project runs from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 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, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Monday, April 5, 2010

In the Wings: Young Playwrights Project. Meet Margaret Duvall, co-author of Dare I Say.


Margaret Duvall has co-written Dare I Say for the Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Her co-author is Shalu Mittal.

Margaret described the circumstances at the beginning of Dare I Say.

"The play is set in an upper-class, private school," she said. "All the characters are high school students, getting ready for a birthday party for one of the main characters."

Margaret explained how she and Shalu wrote the script.

"We had wanted to write a play for a couple of years. I knew that Young Playwrights Project was coming up this season, so we decided to write a script," she said. "We had a plan for the script, but we didn't start writing until Winter Break. We wrote the script in about a week."

Shalu submitted Dare I Say for the Young Playwrights Project because Margaret was out of the country when the deadline came around. They received confirmation a few weeks later that their script would be produced, and then they were introduced to their mentor: Steve Gooch, a local playwright who wrote In the Weeds, which was part of the 2008-2009 Staged Reading series.

"I was excited to work with Steve because I had seen In the Weeds," Margaret said. "When Shalu and I were writing the script, we tried to throw in as many jokes as possible to make it funny. Steve made us focus more on characterization. It was so helpful to have a third person tell us if the audience could follow the action."

Margaret explained how writing Dare I Say has affected her.

"This definitely has made me want to write more," she said. "It is so much fun writing plays because you get to speak from the characters' points of view, which is really cool. Seeing this from start to finish is very special."

Young Playwrights Project runs from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 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, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.