Kate Martin plays Bella in Lost in Yonkers, the fourth show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Neil Simon wrote the script.
Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Kate Martin: I heard Civic Theatre was doing it, so I got a copy of the script and read it. I just love it. I love Neil Simon's plays, I love family comedy-dramas and I knew I wanted to play Bella because she is a challenge and such a terrific character.
Q: Who is Bella?
K.M.: Bella is Jay and Arty's aunt. She's the youngest of Grandma Kurnitz's children. She still lives at home with Grandma. She's very sweet and would do anything for you. She has some trouble thinking and really processing information. Grandma's been afraid to let her go out on her own.
Q: What is fun about playing her?
K.M.: It's a challenge that I've not had to play yet. You have to learn all your lines first, and then Bella has to really think and concentrate about what she's going to say before she says it. It takes her twice as long to think things out. It's interesting to find how she really is healthy and normal in some ways, and in some ways she's like a child.
Q: What is your earliest memory of spending an extended period of time away from your parents?
K.M.: I stayed with my Dad's mother for a few days in Columbus, Ohio. That was fun. She had an evil cat, a black cat that would corner you in the hallway in the night when you got up to go to the bathroom.
Lost in Yonkers runs Friday, February 28 through Saturday, March 15 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to learn about ticket availability or to purchase tickets in advance. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter twenty minutes before each performance to learn about Rush ticket availability for students with valid college or high school IDs.
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.