E. Linda Jeffries plays Esther Rosenblatz in Still Kicking, the first MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by Civic Theatre volunteer Laurie Russell.
Question: Why did you audition for Still Kicking?
E. Linda Jeffries: It's a good old ladies' show. I had done the staged reading, and I was fortunate to get the same role. I enjoy the message of the show, I think Laurie has written a very good play that incorporates many different aspects of aging and philosophies and outlooks of how people approach that.
Q: Who is Esther? What is she like?
E.L.J.: Esther is everybody's Momma. She's exactly where she wants to be, she's with her husband, she's happy as a clam and doesn't have a thing to worry about. Pretty much she takes life the way it is, she's a very positive woman. I think she enjoys her life, and it's a good one.
Q: What is the best advice you have received from an older person?
E.L.J.: My mother, who died seven years ago at the age of 97, told me never to worry about getting older because it was infinitely better than the alternative. That's reflected in Laurie's play, and it resonates for me.
Still Kicking opens Friday, August 30 and runs through Saturday, September 14 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to 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.