Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Staged Reading Series: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them on November 8










The second script in the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang.

Arliss Jeffries directs the cast, which includes Zachary Davis, Jane Hoaks, E. Linda Jeffries, Steve Martin, Ralph Rohrer, Rick Siler and Rachel Thibault. Kris Kazmierczak is the assistant director.

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 will be held at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately following the reading. Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

To learn more about Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

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