Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In the Wings: Red, White and Tuna. Meet Alice Schwind.

Alice Schwind directs Red, White and Tuna, the final show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Alice is a current retiree, previously having worked at Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. in West Lafayette.

Question: Where and when is the action set?
Alice Schwind: The show is set in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. There's no reference to the time, although the high school kids in Greater Tuna now are young adults in Red, White and Tuna. We've placed it in the present.

Q: What has it been like to work with John David Collier and Larry Sommers on another Tuna show?
A.S.: They're both wonderful actors, and it's so much fun working with them. They recall the voices from previous productions, and they're good at adding new voices. They're so good at all of it. There is a lot of fun and fooling around during rehearsals.

Q: What makes these characters so fun for audiences?
A.S.: There's enough truth in all of them that we can see some of ourselves in them, but there's enough that's over the top to make them funny.

Q: What is the behind-the-scenes action like?
A.S.: There is as much, and sometimes more, going on backstage than there is on the stage. When we do curtain call, the backstage people come out take a bow with the actors because they do so much to contribute to the show.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about this production of Red, White and Tuna?
A.S.: Everybody picks different things: different characters or costumes. People are going to find various things funny.

Q: What is the smallest town you've ever lived in, and do you see any similarities between it and Tuna, Texas?
A.S.: I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Kewaskum, only about 1,300 or 1,400 people. Texas is way different from Wisconsin, but some of the characters and people knowing what other people are doing … there are similarities definitely.

Red, White and Tuna opens Friday, June 8 and runs through Sunday, June 24 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. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under.

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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