Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Announcing auditions: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them


Director Arliss Jeffries has announced auditions for Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, the second staged reading during the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Christopher Durang.

Auditions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18 at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the Civic Theatre office.

The director is seeking three women, ages 20-50, and four men, ages 20-50.

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.

The staged reading of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them will take place Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

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