Saturday, December 3, 2011

Announcing the original script for the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series


The Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette always has included at least one previously unpublished script written by a local playwright. The titles have been:

* 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
* 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
* 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell
* 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke

The original script chosen for the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series is Puzzles by Laurie Russell.

Synopsis: Lily’s parents are getting a divorce, and she is not taking it well. To keep her out of trouble, her parents make a deal with the neighboring senior home: they will purchase a new copier for the residence if Lily can work there eight weeks. Lily interacts with the other residents and is cast in the senior home's annual play directed by the former Rantoul Civic Theatre Director, Mrs. Custenborder.

Characters:
Miss Fladd - runs the home. She’s in her fifties.
Lily Garling - a 15-year-old.
Mr. Garling - Lily’s father.
Mrs. Garling - Lily’s mother.
Mrs. Custenborder - former community theatre director.
Esther Rosenblatz - bossy, but well-meaning.
Maury Rosenblatz - Esther’s husband, blunt, loves his wife dearly.
Fran - she’s in a wheelchair, sweet and shy.
Georgia - placid, laid-back, matter of fact.
Babs - has no fear, brash.
Hildy - doesn’t speak because of a stroke.
Helen - genteel, living in the past.
Emily - Helen's sister, also living in the past.
Mia - a very cranky 81-year-old.
Bonnie - the exercise leader.

The staged reading of Puzzles will be held May 15, 2012 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It will be a Pay What You Can event.

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