Friday, July 8, 2011

In the Wings: Rent. Meet Timothy Devery.


Timothy Devery plays Mark in RENT, the first production of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book, music and lyrics are by Jonathan Larson, based on Giacomo Puccini's La bohème.

Question: Why did you want to be part of RENT?
Timothy Devery: I have been kind of wanting to audition for things in the past, but I either forget about it or never get to it. I had a passing knowledge of RENT, although I was probably one of the least knowledgeable of anyone who auditioned. But I knew what was going on and that it was interesting throughout and it would be wonderful to be a part of. I lit a fire under my own butt so that I would actually do it. And there was a workshop beforehand, a grace period.

Q: How would you describe Mark?
T.D.: Mark is the Bohemian, detached friend to all. He even turns his enemies to him in his way. He manages to have control of his own emotions because he tends to be more of the observer. He's always around, but he's behind the camera. Mark's goals are less about himself and more about trying to reconstruct Roger into being a man again. He wants to make sure Roger doesn't fall down a dark path of depression.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about a performance of RENT?
E.R.: It's gonna be the theme, which always has been strong: the theme of love.

RENT will open Thursday, July 14 and run through July 16 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, 4449 ST RD 43 N, West Lafayette. Sunday, July 17 has been scheduled as a performance date if there are any rain outs. Performances begin at 9:00 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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