Mary Anne Cecil plays Mia 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?
Mary Anne Cecil: I did the staged reading and really enjoyed the script. It was very good. I played Mrs. Custenboarder in the staged reading.
Q: Who is Mia? What is she like?
M.A.C.: Mia is 81 years old, she is a retired school teacher and has early-stage dementia/Alzheimer's disease. She is bitter and angry that she is where she is, that's she is in this stage of life. She is not a happy person, but I don't think she wants to be bitter and unhappy. She's fallen into that and doesn't know how to get out.
Q: What is the best advice you have received from an older person?
M.A.C.: My former husband used to say all the time, "You gotta live for now because it ain't gonna get any better." It's kind of negative, but that's how he was - he was a Vietnam vet and had a lot of issues to deal with. To live in the present, to be in the moment, to be with the people you're with at that time, and to appreciate who they are and where you are and what you're doing ... I don't agree with "it ain't gonna get any better" part, but that's what he said.
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.