Sunday, March 18, 2012

In the Wings: Pride and Prejudice. Meet Laura Mecsey.

Laura Mecsey directs Pride and Prejudice, the third show of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jon Jory based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Question: Why did you want to direct Pride and Prejudice?
Laura Mecsey: It's such a good story. All people can relate to it, especially this age group. Jane Austen said she wrote about two things: money and love, because what else is there? There's such an energy in this play and the characters that there was no question I needed to direct it.

Q: When and where is the action set? What is it about?
L.M.: It's set in the early 1800s in England. It's a story about different caste systems, women trying to marry above their stations so they're taken care of. When you have a strong personality and you're put under those circumstances, it's hard to bow down to that and not put up a struggle. The beautiful thing about this play is that there is love behind it.

Q: What is it like working with actors this age, preparing them for this show?
L.M.: All of the actors are very interested in this time period. There are a lot of movies and TV shows about the early 1800s that they've grown up watching and identify with. I was pleased that a lot of them had read the book, had seen the movie renditions and were completely engrossed in the story.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
L.M.: The struggle between doing what you're supposed to do and trying to live up to your principles. It's dusted with love and giddiness and delight. It moves so quickly. Jon Jory adapted the play and used about 90 percent of Jane Austen's lines. We go from place to place, it switches so quickly from one scene to another. It gets the audience to focus on the characters and the story, which are the draws.

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
L.M.: As a recently engaged woman, I believe in love in any circumstance.

Pride and Prejudice opens Friday, March 30 and runs through Sunday, April 1 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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