Saturday, March 24, 2012

In the Wings: Pride and Prejudice. Meet Mark Krutulis.

Mark Krutulis plays Mr. Darcy in 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 audition for Pride and Prejudice? Did you know the novel before you auditioned?
Mark Krutulis: I read the novel so I could audition, actually. I auditioned because it's one of my last chances to be involved in Civic Youth Theatre. I had a great experience with Macbeth, so I wanted to continue it as long as I could.

Q: How would you describe Mr. Darcy?
M.K.: He is a very, very prideful man, which isn't a bad thing in itself. But he's also been raised having a lot of money, so people around him are not always genuine. For that reason, he doesn't know very well how to interact with them so his pride manifests itself very, very poorly in a lot of ways. But he's capable of loving and caring, and he ends up a very nice person.

Q: What is the best part of playing Mr. Darcy?
M.K.: I like the dialogue. It's not a great stretch to play him because I sympathize a great deal with him.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
M.K.: The banter, the back-and-forth dialogue, the love story, the hate story and the character interactions.

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
M.K.: The novel was originally called "First Impressions." You'll notice in the plot that Elizabeth and Darcy are not in love at first sight. Darcy doesn't believe in love at first sight, nor do I.

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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