Monday, February 28, 2011

In the Wings: Out of Order. Meet Kate Walker.

Kate Walker directs Out of Order, the fourth production in the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ray Cooney.

Question: Why did you want to direct Out of Order?
Kate Walker: I decided it would be fun to laugh my way through the last part of winter and Out of Order was the best way to do it. The script is wonderful and funny, farcical and filled with British humor.

Q: What are the given circumstances at the beginning of the play?
K.W.: We are in the Westminster Hotel in London, and the Junior Prime Minister - played by David Dietz - is going to be conducting a debate on the floor of Parliament. He’s checked into the hotel and prepared himself for a long night of work, which quickly falls apart.

Q: What are the challenges of directing a comedy?
K.W.: I’ve often heard it said that comedy is much harder than drama to pull off. You are playing the characters honestly, but also going over the top for the physical comedy. In this production we’re also adding British accents and traits. The physical space is a challenge, too: it’s confined to one hotel room, so keeping that interesting is a challenge. So is creating and maintaining the pace of the show.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
K.W.: They will remember laughing throughout it.

Out of Order will open Friday, March 11 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 27 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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