Steven Becker plays Dr. Gerald Lyman in Bus Stop, the third show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. William Inge wrote the script.
Question: Why did you audition for Bus Stop?
Steven Becker: My wife and I have been watching the theatre since we moved here a year and a half ago, hoping to find something we could eventually audition for. Bus Stop looked like an intriguing play, so the opportunity and time were right.
Q: Who is Dr. Gerald Lyman ?
S.B.: Dr. Gerald Lyman is a brilliant, but flawed, Ph.D. He's lost, he travels all over I think, in part, to figure out who he is. However, the flaws lead him down the path of excess alcohol consumption and chasing young women.
Q: What is fun about playing Dr. Gerald Lyman?
S.B.: It's a challenge. He's very different from me, starting with being brilliant. Having an opportunity to watch a character go through several different changes – you think he's finally found himself at the end, but you're left with the question: "Has he changed, or was it just a façade?"
Q: Imagine that you are stuck at 1:30 a.m. in a diner that has a full working kitchen. What do you order?
S.B.: The greasiest double cheeseburger that they have, with tartar sauce, pickle and lettuce. It's based on a Frisch's Big Boy.
Bus Stop runs Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 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
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