Sunday, March 20, 2011

Announcing the 2011-2012 Season: Staged Reading Series


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will produce 5 staged readings at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette during the 2011-2012 season. All staged readings are Pay What You Can events.
  • Ruined by Lynn Nottage
  • September 13, 2011

From Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?

  • Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
  • November 8, 2011

Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

  • Farragut North by Beau Willimon
  • January 24, 2012

Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. Farragut North is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.

  • World Premiere of Original Script(s) to be determined
  • March 6, 2012

In the five years the staged reading series has been part of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, at least one has been an original, previously unproduced script by a playwright in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation:

  • 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
  • 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
  • 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell
  • 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke

The world premiere original script for the 2011-2012 season will be determined late in 2011.

  • Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang
  • May 15, 2012

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

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