Friday, March 4, 2011

In the Wings: Out of Order. Meet Neil Radtke.

Neil Radtke plays George Pigden in 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 be part of Out of Order?
Neil Radtke: I had just finished All My Sons, and it was an opportunity to try some comedic acting. I get to work with Ryan Jones again who was in All My Sons, and it's been fantastic working with Civic Theatre. I just wanted to continue with a really fun script.

Q: What words would you use to describe George Pigden?
N.R.: He's loyal, nervous and helpful. He's trying to help out his boss, Mr. Willey – played by David Dietz – during the entire play. Mr. Willey asks him to do task after task, and each one seems more outlandish than the last. George just tries to make sense of it all and he becomes more and more frazzled. It's been a roller coaster of emotion for George Pigden.

Q: What is George's main goal?
N.R.: His main goal is to find out why Mr. Willey called him and do whatever he can do to help Mr. Willey get out of trouble. This probably isn't the first time Mr. Willey has gotten into trouble.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
N.R.: They're going to remember the laughter. There's non-stop excitement and laughter and a thrill ride from start to finish.

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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