Thursday, January 12, 2012

In the Wings: Rabbit Hole. Meet Neil Radtke.


Neil Radtke plays Howie Corbett 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 audition for Rabbit Hole?
Neil Radtke: When the season was announced, Howie was the one role I really wanted to play. I'm the father of a young child and the emotion of the script and the power of what is portrayed onstage is something I really wanted to try to tackle.

Q: Who is Howie and what is his story?
N.R.: Howie Corbett is the father of Danny, who is killed eight months prior to the play's opening scene. Emotionally he is an absolute wreck. He is trying to hold onto any and all shreds of his son, whether it's a smudgy fingerprint on a door, a painting, or a home movie.

Q: What will the audience will most remember about this production of Rabbit Hole?
N.R.: We have a fantastic set and I love it, but the emotion of the play and what each of these characters are dealing with because of this loss, you could almost do it in a vacuum and the emotion will still come through. I think the audience at the end will think, "Wow, I've watched something that has affected me." I think every audience member will attach themselves to one of the characters. Each of them have different ways of dealing with a very significant loss.

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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