Sunday, June 23, 2013

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Grace Lazarz, the director.

Grace Lazarz directs A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Why did you want to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Grace Lazarz: Originally I was going to be a counselor, but Lori Portner - Civic Theatre's Director of Outreach and Education - asked if I wanted to direct because she knows I like Shakespeare. That's the main reason I wanted to direct this. I love Shakespeare, I love his plays and I love his language. I think middle school students and high school students are a perfect group to work with his plays.

Q: How would you describe A Midsummer Night's Dream to someone who is not familiar with it?
G.L.: You can describe it, ultimately, as a love story. You have four Athenian characters - Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena - who are in constantly shifting love triangles that are caused by another group, the Fairies. Puck, the main trickster, plays tricks on the Athenians and the third group, the mechanicals. The mechanicals are a group of very poor actors who are preparing a play. These three groups create a hilarious, jumbled, beautiful chaos.

Q: Why do you love Shakespeare?
G.L.: His language. Shakespeare without his language is not Shakespeare. Most of his plots are unoriginal. His language is playful, it's really fun, it's funny. His comedies are not serious as some people might assume they are. His vocabulary and how he describes emotions, we don't necessarily know how to do that anymore.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
G.L.: To have every seat filled for these two performances. And another dream is to get into the cast of Saturday Night Live.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting or calling 765-423-7529.

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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