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,

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