Monday, March 31, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Matthew Roberts.



Matthew Roberts plays Mr. Turner in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Matthew Roberts: I wanted to be in more Civic shows.

Q: What is the best part about The Beverly Hillbillies?
M.R.: It's fun to be part of the play and have fun with the cast.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
M.R.: Dr. Who. It's adventurous, and the Doctor has a sonic screwdriver.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 $10 for adults, $5 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.

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.

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Mary Dewell.



Mary Dewell plays Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Mary Dewell: I originally was not going to try out, but my middle school teacher Mr. Radtke said I should. My parents are familiar with the show and they said, "You should try out because we love to see you on stage." And I thought, "Why not?"

Q: What is the best part about playing Granny?
M.D.: She's different than what I normally am. I don't usually have to get up in someone's face and be upset. She's such a cool character.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
M.D.: I haven't watched much, other than The Beverly Hillbillies. I watch it to see how Granny behaves.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 $10 for adults, $5 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.

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.

Announcing auditions: The Naked Eye


Director Bill Knapp has announced audition information for The Naked Eye, the sixth and final staged reading in the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Paul Rudnick wrote the script.

Alex DelFlavio is an ambitious downtown artist who plans to include sexually explicit photographs in his uptown show to advance his career. Nan Bemiss, the wife of a Republican senator who is running for the presidency and a gallery board member, appeals to DelFlavio to remove three of his most "offensive" photographs for the opening.

Auditions will be Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script; they are asked to stay as long as requested.

Bill seeks to cast three (3) men and five (5) women for the following roles:

* Nan Bemiss, described as being "of a certain age." She has to be able to project the politician's perfect wife, someone who is always put together and in control, who takes care of herself, dresses well, is extremely well-organized and has led a very narrow life. Nan is the linchpin character, the one who undergoes the furthest journey.

* Alex DelFlavio, 30ish. Alex is a photographic artist. He is quite full of himself and fully understands playing the "game" of the Art World.

* Mumbali Keefer, 30ish. Mumbali is very angry, an Afrocentric lesbian and Alex's assistant. She has a hidden past that only comes out when she meets Nan's daughter, Sissy.

* Pete Bemiss, also "of a certain age." He is Nan's husband, a U.S. Senator. He can instantly assess a situation and determine which position is most politically advantageous. He can be dignified, charming, slick, paranoid and vengeful.

* Kattrin and Marcus Dowling, age indeterminate. They run an arts magazine of which Alex is angling to be on the cover. They exemplify everything shallow and pretentious in the art world. They know a good article and cover would make Alex's career.

* Sissy Bemiss Darnley, mid-30s. She is Nan and Pete's daughter, and is described as a younger version of Nan. She has a very nice, neat compartmentalized world until she meets Mumbali.

* Lynette Marshall, 20s. She is Pete's mistress who shows up at the art opening. She has a gorgeous Playboy look to her, she is very nice and likeable with a weakness for older men. She has a Georgia accent.

Bill also seeks to cast a narrator to set each scene and describe transitional movements.

The staged reading of The Naked Eye will be Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event.

There will be a question-and-answer session immediately following the staged reading between the audience, the cast and the director.

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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Callout for Civic Theatre's 2014-2015 Original Script Contest


The committee preparing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is soliciting submissions for original, previously unproduced scripts by local playwrights.

Here are the submission guidelines.

* Playwrights must have their primary residence in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White.

* Civic Theatre prefers a full script submission.

* Civic Theatre will accept a query/synopsis along with a 5-page dialogue sample.

* Civic Theatre prefers electronic submissions, which may be sent to steve@lafayettecivic.org

* Mailed submissions must be sent to:
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
Attn: Staged Reading Committee
313 N. 5th Street
Lafayette, IN  47901

* All submissions must include a title page with the play's title, author's name and contact information. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the script.

* Submissions sent via mail must include a self-addressed stamped envelope or self-addressed stamped postcard.

* There is no cost to submit. 

* Deadline for submissions: September 19, 2014.

* Response date: No later than November 7, 2014.

* Probability of being selected: At least one original script per year is included in the Staged Reading series out of the entire pool of submissions.

* Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.

* Cast size: Ten or fewer actors are preferred.

* Length: Scripts may be either one-act or full length.

* Content: There are no restrictions on content.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is a community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 155.

In the seven years the Staged Reading Series has been part of the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette season, at least one script has been an original, previously unproduced script written by a local playwright.

* 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
* 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
* 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell
* 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke
* 2011-2012: Puzzles by Laurie Russell
* 2012-2013: A Wonderful Suicide by Diane Littleton Bahler and Going through Hell by Steve Martin
* 2013-2014: To Tread Among Serpents by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

For more information, please call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Previewing the 2014-2015 MainStage season: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," May 8-10, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the MainStage season.

The fifth production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is a full-length musical.

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.

The show will run May 8-10. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 MainStage season: "Escanaba in da Moonlight," March 6-21, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the MainStage season.

The fourth production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season will be Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels. It is a full-length comedy with a cast of five men and one woman.

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

The show will run March 6-21 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Previewing the 2014-2015 MainStage season: "The Children's Hour," Jan. 16-31, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the MainStage season.

The third production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season will be The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman. It is a full-length drama with a cast of two men and twelve women.

One of the great successes of this distinguished writer. A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.

The show will run Jan. 16-31 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.


Previewing the 2014-2015 MainStage season: "The Dixie Swim Club," Oct. 17-Nov. 1, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the MainStage season.

The second production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season will be The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. It is a full-length comedy/drama with a cast of five women.

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.

The show will run Oct. 17 through Nov. 1 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.


Previewing the 2014-2015 MainStage season: "The Importance of Being Earnest," Aug. 29-Sept. 13, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the MainStage season.

The first production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season will be The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. It is a full-length comedy with a cast of five men and four women.

This masterpiece is probably the most famous of all comedies. It revolves wittily around the most ingenious case of "manufactured" mistaken identity ever put into a play.

The show will run Aug. 29 through Sept. 13 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 holiday show: "A Christmas Story, the Musical," Dec. 12-14, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the holiday show.

The 2014-2015 holiday show will be A Christmas Story, The Musical, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Joseph Robinette based on the 1983 motion picture of the same name and the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner and many others.

The show will run Dec. 12-14 in the Long Center for the Performing Arts at 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Previewing the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season: "Retreat!," April 17-19, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Civic Youth Theatre season.

The fourth production in the 2014-2015 CYT season will be Retreat! by Neil Radtke.

Julia unexpectedly has been put in charge of her first company retreat and is desperate for things to go perfectly. Unfortunately, her hopes for a smooth week are dashed almost as soon as the first guests arrive. An angry boss, a conceited employee, and a strictly prohibited office romance are just the beginning of Julia's problems. Throw in the mysterious death of one of the guests and Julia finds herself facing a nightmare. The police are called, questions are answered, and revelations are made that all lead to a shocking conclusion that nobody could see coming.

The show will run April 17-19 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season: "Monster in the Closet," Feb. 13-15, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Civic Youth Theatre season.

The third production in the 2014-2015 CYT season will be Monster in the Closet by Angela D. Stewart.

Emily has a big problem. Not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game, but there's a monster in her closet! It's not just her imagination. Her friend Stephanie saw it, too. Suffering the teasing of her brother and his friends, Emily and Stephanie recruit some of their own friends to help capture the monster.

The show will run Feb. 13-15 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season: "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," Nov. 14-16, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Civic Youth Theatre season.

The second production in the 2014-2015 CYT season will be Disney's Aladdin Jr., with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where we're about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more - are here in Disney's Aladdin Jr., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides.

The show will run Nov. 14-16 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season: "A Wrinkle in Time," Sept. 26-28, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Civic Youth Theatre season.

The first production in the 2014-2015 CYT season will be A Wrinkle in Time by John Glore, based on the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Madeleine L'Engle.

The show will run Sept. 26-28 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: "Approaching Zanzibar," May 12, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Staged Reading series.

The sixth staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be Approaching Zanzibar by Tina Howe. It is a full-length drama with a cast of two men, four women, two boys and one girl.

This play by the author of Pride's Crossing, among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?

The staged reading will be Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.


Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: World Premiere Script, March 10, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Staged Reading series.

The fifth staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be a world premiere play written by a local playwright. In the seven years of the Staged Reading series, there have been nine world premieres:

* Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray, 2007-2008 season

* A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan, 2007-2008 season

* In the Weeds by Steve Gooch, 2008-2009 season

* TILT by Laurie Russell, 2009-2010 season

* Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke, 2011-2012 season

* Puzzles by Laurie Russell, 2012-2013 season

* A Wonderful Suicide by Diane Littleton Bahler, 2012-2013 season

* Going Through Hell by Steve Martin, 2012-2013 season

* To Tread Among Serpents by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, 2013-2014 season

The deadline to submit scripts for the 2014-2015 season contest is Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. More details on the submission requirements will be provided this week.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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. 

Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: "Time Stands Still," Jan. 20, 2015


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Staged Reading series.

The fourth staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies. It is a full-length drama with a cast of two men and two women.

Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: "Clybourne Park," Dec. 16, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Staged Reading series.

The third staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. It is a full-length comedy with a cast of four men and three women.

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: "8," Oct. 21, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. We're looking now at the Staged Reading series.

The second staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be 8 by Dustin Lance Black. It is a full-length drama with a cast of thirteen men, four women, and two boys.

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. 8 - a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) - demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, 8 shows both sides of the debate.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.

Previewing the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series: "Circle Mirror Transformation," Sept. 2, 2014


We're previewing the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this week. First we'll look at the Staged Reading series.

The first staged reading in the 2014-2015 season will be Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. It is a full-length comedy/drama with a cast of two men and three women.

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Staged readings are Pay What You Can events. Tickets are available the night of the reading at the box office, and a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately follow each performance. For more information, call 765-423-7529.

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.