Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In the Wings: The Inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival - Feed Me! Meet Zachary Baiel, the playwright and director.

Zachary Baiel wrote and directs Feed Me!, one of six plays that are part of the inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The festival will be at 7:30 p.m. on June 21-22 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe the action or conflict in Feed Me!
Zachary Baiel: Feed Me! exemplifies the effects of prolonged adolescence on a hyperconnected youth (aware of Craigslist) in the Greater Lafayette area. It also includes a cat.

Q: How did you initially become interested in playwriting?
Z.B.: After researching and performing improvisational theatre, I became interested in various experimental and non-traditional theatre movements and companies. Particularly the Neo-Futurists in Chicago (and by association, the New York Neos). Thankfully, both West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County public libraries have a wide range of plays to check out and enjoy. I discovered some playwrights that I connected with and started writing my own theatre.

Q: How would you describe or categorize your writing style?
Z.B.: Heavy brevity.

Q: Had you written 10-minute plays before the festival was announced?
Z.B.: Yes.

Q: What challenges do 10-minute plays provide? How do you address those challenges?
Z.B.: The constraint of time is the most difficult for me. You need to hit 10 minutes as close as possible. Playing with dialogue, verbal silence, action, etc. are all ways to overcome this challenge. Every playwright should be well versed in extemporaneous creation and editing skills.

Q: How does it feel knowing your play is being produced at Civic Theatre?
Z.B.: Astonishing.

Q: How does it feel casting, directing and rehearsing your play?
Z.B.: Captivating. During auditions, the ensemble that was eventually cast brought a delightful amount of energy and action to the play that I had not seen live. During rehearsals, the ensemble is getting used to my directing style, and the play is shaping up nicely.

Q: What has been the biggest surprise of this process?
Z.B.: The 10-Minute Play Festival taking place at Civic this June 21st and 22nd.

Q: Fill in the blank: "It takes me more time to _____ than it takes to watch a 10-minute play."
Z.B.: "walk to work"

The inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event, general admission tickets are available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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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