Eric Francis plays Sir Wilfrid Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution, the second MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Agatha Christie wrote the script.
Question: Why did you audition for Witness for the Prosecution?
Eric Francis: It sounded like it would be fun, but I didn't have any idea there were so many words in it. I'm cramming the words right now, and I'm about 75 percent there.
Q: Who is Sir Wilfrid Robarts? What is he like?
E.F.: He is counsel for the defense. He is a very capable, proud, vain barrister. He is all about playing the game to win.
Q: What is your favorite mystery?
E.F.: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. It had a very surprising ending, and I didn't see it coming.
Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. 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.