Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the Wings: Love Letters. Meet John David Collier.

John David Collier plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.

Question: How would you describe Andrew?
John David Collier: Andrew is conservative and diligent. He is an overachiever and he loves to write.

Q: What does Andrew see in his friendship with Melissa?
J.D.C.: At the heart of it all is physical attraction. He wants her from the very beginning, but she doesn't want him. He accepts it and moves on, then ultimately chooses someone who doesn't give him the fulfillment that Melissa gives him.

Q: What do you think an audience will take away from Love Letters?
J.D.C.: I hope they'll take away how wonderful it is to write letters, how meaningful they are. And also, I think they'll be able to relate to one of the letters throughout the show.

Q: Did you have a pen pal you grew up?
J.D.C.: I did not. I had too many siblings.

Love Letters opens Friday, November 4 and runs two weekends through Sunday, November 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

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