Sunday, March 3, 2013

In the Wings: The Fox on the Fairway. Meet Neil Radtke.

Neil Radtke plays Bingham in The Fox on the Fairway, the fourth show of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ken Ludwig.

Question: Who is Bingham? What is he like?
Neil Radtke: Henry Bingham is manager of Quail Valley Golf and Country Club. He’s a strong character, he’s someone who wants to really step up and win this tournament, finally. Unfortunately, Dickie Bell is really a challenge for him when it comes to being successful in the interclub tournament. Henry is a roller coaster of emotions because he thinks he’s won and then it’s taken away, and he’s won again and then it’s taken away again and so forth.

Q: What is fun about playing a character like Bingham?
N.R.: It gives me an opportunity to show a pretty good range. He’s the typical course manager trying to keep control and be in charge of his employees. Then as things start to spiral out of control, he definitely starts to let loose. There’s a scene where he gets a little inebriated, and that’s hilarious and fun. It gives me a chance for a wide range of emotions throughout the play to a really great build at the end when things fall into place.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about The Fox on the Fairway?
N.R.: There is a lot of innuendo, so the audience will get their share of that. There is a lot of physical comedy too: scenes with people running, throwing, falling on couches and slamming doors. It’s a farce, you’ll get that experience with it.

Q: Of all the actors in the cast, including you, who is most likely to tattle on someone who cheated on the golf course?
N.R.: Hannah Lazarz, who plays Louise, would probably rat us all out if she had the opportunity. She would tell on us, for sure.

The Fox on the Fairway opens Friday, March 8 and runs through Saturday, March 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., the Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Rush Tickets may be available before each performance for $8.00 for students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's performance.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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