Monday, June 10, 2013

In the Wings: The Inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival - Adventures in Mutual Knowledge. Meet Jeremiah Dole, the playwright and director.

Jeremiah Dole wrote and directs Adventures in Mutual Knowledge, 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 Adventures in Mutual Knowledge?
Jeremiah Dole: Two people have a secret, so they must uncover the severity of the secret and keep others from knowing it.

Q: How did you initially become interested in playwriting?
J.D.: I had always wanted to learn to create interesting fictional stories, so I discovered that playwriting is a great fit for my writing style!

Q: How would you describe or categorize your writing style?
J.D.: I like to create plays with action and absurdity.

Q: Had you written 10-minute plays before the festival was announced?
J.D.: This is my first 10-minute play.

Q: What challenges do 10-minute plays provide? How do you address those challenges?
J.D.: You have to jump right into the action with only 10 minutes. No time for backstory. So, I had to learn to use little details to reveal more about the characters.

Q: How does it feel knowing your play is being produced at Civic Theatre?
J.D.: I'm excited to have my first play on stage, and Civic's prestige just adds to that!

Q: How does it feel casting, directing and rehearsing your play?
J.D.: Kristen Singleton and Eric Francis are so talented! Rehearsing has been smooth.

Q: What has been the biggest surprise of this process?
J.D.: My biggest surprise was the quality of auditions for this inaugural event, and I am grateful that all six plays got the perfect actors!

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes to _____, you can watch a 10-minute play."
J.D.: "swim across the Wabash"

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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