Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Drama Book Club's July selection: Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July

The play selected for the Drama Book Club's July meeting is Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson. It will be discussed Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Robots & Rogues: New and Used Books, 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette.

The script can be purchased at Robots & Rogues during its business hours.

The scene is a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, which is home to Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are visited by Ken's sister, June, and her teenage daughter, and by Gwen and John – the former a hard-drinking, pill-popping heiress who aspires to be a rock star, the latter her wary-eyed husband and manager. All are old friends from college days, and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. The action centers on Gwen's offer to buy the farm, which she plans to convert into a recording center, and on Ken's Aunt Sally, who has come to the family homestead to scatter the ashes of her late husband. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.

For more information about the Drama Book Club, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or Robots & Rogues: New and Used Books at 765-409-5022.

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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