Saturday, August 27, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Shannon Sabel.


Shannon Sabel directs Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, the first production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ed Graczyk.

Question: Why did you want to direct Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
Shannon Sabel: I knew the show, but it had been a long time since I read it. I had always been kind of fascinated by it. I find it interesting that although the main action takes place in 1975, one of the characters has flashbacks to 1955. Three characters are played by a total of six actors – three in 1955 and three in 1975. I found that to be brilliant.

Q: Where is the play set? Who are the characters?
S.S.: The play takes place on Sept. 30 in McCarthy, Texas – a dried up town that hasn't had rain in three years. It's down the road from Marfa, where Giant was filmed with James Dean. As teenagers, five of these characters had a club called The Disciples of James Dean, and this is their 20-year anniversary reunion. They've not been together since 1955 on the day James Dean died. The flashbacks are to that day, Sept. 30, 1955, and the various things that happen to these characters that make them who they are in 1975. All of them have very strong identities – how they see themselves and how they hope others see them.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
S.S.: Ed Graczyk calls it a comedy-drama. It is a dramedy - there will be a lot of laughs, there are poignant moments and major shocks. Almost any audience can enjoy it.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean will open Friday, September 9 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theater at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances 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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