Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the Wings: Rabbit Hole. Meet Mary Anne Cecil.

Mary Anne Cecil plays Nat in Rabbit Hole, the third show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rabbit Hole?
Mary Anne Cecil: Part of the draw was getting more involved with Civic since I moved over this way. It's the closest community theater to where I am now. I've seen shows here and Civic is a very high-quality community theater operation. And then there's the story itself. I like the story, I like the character of Nat and I thought I could contribute to that.

Q: Who is Nat and what is her story?
M.A.C.: Nat is the mother of two daughters. She lost a son about 11 years ago. She isn't estranged from her daughters, but they don't have the close relationship she would like for them to have. That's her goal: to bring her and her daughters closer together. Sometimes she goes about it in ways that are less than what would seem caring to the daughters, but that's just the way Nat is.

Q: What will the audience find most engaging about this production of Rabbit Hole?
M.A.C.: I think what they'll find most engaging is the roller coaster of emotions. They will not be prepared for what will happen. They will cry. And they will laugh. And they'll go away from this thinking how fortunate they are to not be in the shoes of Howie and Becca, played by Neil Radtke and Kate Martin. Or if they have been in those shoes, then they'll relive a little bit of that and enjoy the memories that they have.

Rabbit Hole opens Friday, January 20 and runs three weekends through Sunday, February 5 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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