John David Collier plays several characters in 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. John works at Purdue University.
Question: What challenges are there to performing in Red, White and Tuna?
John David Collier: The hardest thing is remembering how I performed the characters the previous time. And with new characters, the challenge is trying to make them different from existing characters.
Q: What is it like working with Alice Schwind and Larry Sommers on another Tuna show?
J.D.S.: We have a lot of fun during rehearsals, laughing and ad libbing. I think we could make the show funnier if we did some of the things we did in rehearsals.
Q: What is it like working with the backstage crew?
J.D.S.: Backstage is where the real show is. It holds the whole show together; if we don't get our costumes on, we don't come back onstage. Honestly, I don't even know who I am until I see what I'm wearing.
Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about this production of Red, White and Tuna?
J.D.S.: Hopefully they'll enjoy all of it, but they'll enjoy Larry more.
Q: What is the smallest town you've lived in, and does it have any similarities to Tuna, Texas?
J.D.S.: Growing up I lived in Mount Vernon, Ohio, which has around 20,000 people. Every one of these characters, you know someone like them. I don't know that you have to live in a small town to find them.
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.