Saturday, May 31, 2014

In the Wings: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Be Right Back." Meet Julie Doan.



Julie Doan plays Emma in Be Right Back, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Scott Haan.

Question: Who is Emma?
Julie Doan: Emma is a loving wife who likes to banter with her husband. They're smart, they're funny, they're really good together. They make a good team.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
J.D.: I love 10-minute plays because I have a short attention span. I like that the point gets made quickly. It's challenging as an actor, especially in Be Right Back, because we have two extremes to play. I am absolutely enjoying acting in this.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
J.D.: "think of reasons I shouldn't come to the festival"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Be Right Back." Meet Timothy Devery.



Timothy Devery plays Jeff in Be Right Back, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Scott Haan.

Question: Who is Jeff?
Timothy Devery: Jeff is a sports-loving, adoring and doting husband who wants to get the shopping done so he can watch football on TV with his wife in the background.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
T.D.: Unlike a full-length play where you have multiple scenes with multiple emotions, in a 10-minute play it's just the one scene variant. You have to hit that on the money, or the entire play is ruined instead of just one moment.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
T.D.: "buy pillows"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Be Right Back." Meet Steve Martin, the director.


Steve Martin directs Be Right Back, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Scott Haan.

Question: Why did you want to direct Be Right Back?
Steve Martin: Scott Haan has written a script that tells a complete story, develops two characters whom the audience will connect with, gives those characters complete arcs and surprises me at the end. It's a story that can be told so well in the theatre: two people moving through three-dimensional space. It took me one time to read the script, and I knew I wanted to be involved in the production.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about directing a 10-minute play?
S.M.: It's exciting to watch actors like Timothy Devery and Julie Doan reveal so much of a character's inner thoughts and beliefs not only through dialogue, but through precise gestures and body language. All communication is at a premium and is heightened in a 10-minute play, and skilled actors shine in those circumstances. It's always a joy to rehearse.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
S.M.: "wake up, hit the 'snooze' button, fall back asleep and hear the alarm again"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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, May 30, 2014

In the Wings: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Answers from Ashes." Meet Nathan Bechtold.



Nathan Bechtold plays Thomas in Answers from Ashes, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Shane Guenin.

Question: What is Thomas like at the beginning of the play?
Nathan Bechtold: He's down. He's been studying the same thing over and over and over to the point of monotony. He's trying to figure out what's going on in his life. It seems to him that other people are figuring out the mysteries of the universe. He's also a little high strung.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
N.B.: I don't do a lot of line memorization anymore. With my job and other things overlapping, it's a challenge to memorize lines and organize them. The pleasure of working on a 10-minute play is that it's short and sweet.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
N.B.: "take a shower"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Answers from Ashes." Meet Mona Bapat.



Mona Bapat plays Emma in Answers from Ashes, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Shane Guenin.

Question: Who is Emma?
Mona Bapat: She is a quiet, yet determined, woman who is persisting on her dissertation in forestry, which is a really difficult project for her.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
M.B.: Getting a sense of the character and finding a way to contrast that much more quickly the character shift that happens: what she is like in the beginning to what she is like in the end.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
M.B.: "do my hair"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Answers from Ashes." Meet Harry Brown.



Harry Brown plays Dr. Thomas Kelly as an old man in Answers from Ashes, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Shane Guenin.

Question: What does Dr. Thomas Kelly do at the beginning of the play?
Harry Brown: He is telling a story to the world. It's something that's been part of him for a very long time. It's something very, very disturbing.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
H.B.: Developing a character. You have very little time and very few lines to establish the character and convey it to the audience. You have to do it very, very quickly. It's with voice, but I think a 10-minute play puts a premium on actions and mannerisms.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
H.B.: "think of an answer to this question"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival – "Answers from Ashes." Meet Kyle Borcz, the director.



Kyle Borcz directs Answers from Ashes, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Shane Guenin.

Question: Why did you want to direct Answers from Ashes?
Kyle Borcz: I like the science-plus-comedy aspect of it. It's got science fiction aspects to it, but it's also funny. Also, the dynamics between the characters of Thomas and Emma go through a lot of changes through the ten minutes. They both are in charge of the action at one point, and it's interesting when the power shifts.

Q: What is a challenge or enjoyable about directing a 10-minute play?
K.B.: The positive side is that it's an interesting format. It's a short time to make an impact and you have to hit the ground running. You have to make sure the audience is immediately grabbed by what you're doing. The challenge is to get that all in a short amount of time, to not go outside the bounds of the script.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
K.B.: "my son to beat me at Super Smash Bros."

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 the cast: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival


Seven directors have announced the casts of the plays in the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The plays and the casts are:

Answers from Ashes written by Shane Guenin, directed by Kyle Borcz
* Narrator – Harry Brown
* Thomas – Nathan Bechtold
* Emma – Mona Bapat

Be Right Back written by Scott Haan, directed by Steve Martin
* Jeff – Timothy Devery
* Emma – Julie Doan

KiKi Pineapple and Her New Best Friends Victor Mango and Inez Cupcakes Starring In: "Saving the World!" written by Steve Martin, directed by Laurie Russell
* KiKi Pineapple – Ashlyn Short
* Victor Mango – Matthew Roberts
* Inez Cupcakes – Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin
* Anna Macadamia – Mary Dewell
* Joshua Sausage – James Koehler
* Miss Ella Louella Santa Rose Plum – Kathy Dietz

Missing the Man written by Steve Martin, directed by Michelle Bonora
* Duncan Lowry-Nash – Rick Siler
* Jay Frakes – Ryan Tucker
* Chuck Lowry-Nash – Doug Pruim

The Best of Intentions written by Laurie Russell, directed by Steve Koehler
* Hotel Clerk – Bill Knapp
* Man – David Dietz

The Show Must NOT Go On! written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, directed by Tamzin Malone, fight choreography by Evan Myers
* Actor A – Evan Malone
* Actor B – Alex Mullenix
* Janitor – Stephanie Bosma

You Don't Work Here written by Evan Myers, directed by Scott Haan
* Josh – Evan Myers
* Don – Mike Atwell
* Bailey – Ariel Laukins
* Erin – Jennifer Carriere

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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, May 29, 2014

In the Wings: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights – Laurie Russell, "The Best of Intentions"



Laurie Russell wrote The Best of Intentions, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Steve Koehler.

Question: What is The Best of Intentions about?
Laurie Russell: A man is venting about his very bad day as he checks into a hotel.

Q: Why did you want to write The Best of Intentions?
L.R.: I thought of the ending first, and then thought, "That would be a great ten-minute play."

Q: What was the most fun part of writing The Best of Intentions?
L.R.: The man is so cluelessly horrible. It's fun to write somebody spouting all these horrible things, but then defending them rather well.

Q: How do you feel about The Best of Intentions being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
L.R.: I am so excited about it. I think this is so fun, and I'm just thrilled about this entire festival.

Q: Why do you like writing plays?
L.R.: I wouldn't enjoy writing a book because I'm not good at description. But I enjoy writing dialogue.

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights – Evan Myers, "You Don't Work Here"



Evan Myers wrote You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Scott Haan.

Question: What is You Don't Work Here about?
Evan Myers: A fresh college graduate begs for work at a hole-in-the-wall pub in a small town.

Q: Why did you want to write You Don't Work Here?
E.M.: I wanted to write my play because writing is what I do; I wanted to (hopefully) make some people laugh and smile in these ten minutes of fame.

Q: What was the most fun part of writing You Don't Work Here?
E.M.: The most fun part about writing this play was looking back at the summer that inspired it; I was stuck going door to door begging for work in Louisville, Kentucky one summer, and I seriously considered taking the same actions that the protagonist takes in my play.

Q: How do you feel about You Don't Work Here being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
E.M.: I'm extremely eager to see my work on the Civic stage. Watching something that you've written being produced is incredible; ideas go from your brain, to paper, and then physically before your eyes. It's a very cool experience.

Q: Why do you like writing?
E.M.: I like writing because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out my interesting make believe stories is technically illegal.

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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, May 28, 2014

In the Wings: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights – Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, "The Show Must NOT Go On!"



Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos wrote The Show Must NOT Go On!, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Tamzin Malone.

Question: What is The Show Must NOT Go On! about?
Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos: A couple of community theatre actors in the middle of a production of Hamlet lose their "Gertrude" at intermission, and the janitor talks her way into the role.

Q: Why did you want to write The Show Must NOT Go On!
K. McB-A.: My plays are typically dark and brooding; I wanted to try writing comedy.

Q: What was the most fun part of writing The Show Must NOT Go On!
K. McB-A.: Letting the janitor win.

Q: How do you feel about The Show Must NOT Go On! being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
K. McB-A.: Civic Theatre has been very supportive of my plays. This is the second 10-minute play they've produced of mine. Plus they did a staged reading of one of my full-length plays, To Tread Among Serpents.

Q: Why do you like writing?
K. McB-A.: Where else do I get to build an empire?

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights - Steve Martin, "KiKi Pineapple and Her New Best Friends Victor Mango and Inez Cupcakes Starring in 'Saving the World!'" and "Missing the Man"



Steve Martin wrote KiKi Pineapple and Her New Best Friends Victor Mango and Inez Cupcakes Starring in "Saving the World!" and Missing the Man, two of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. They are directed by Laurie Russell and Michelle Bonora.

Question: What are KiKi Pineapple … and Missing the Man about?
Steve Martin: In KiKi Pineapple, a group of third grade students are playing make-believe during recess on the school playground when reality intervenes. In Missing the Man, a man who is preparing for a 20th wedding anniversary party is interrupted by a teenage boy who claims to be his son.

Q: Why did you want to write KiKi Pineapple … and Missing the Man?
S.M.: I wanted to write KiKi Pineapple because KiKi is brave and bold, two traits that I don't have. Missing the Man came about because I wanted to write a character who is desperate for knowledge but held back by fear.

Q: What was the most fun about writing KiKi Pineapple … and Missing the Man?
S.M.: Both plays provided the opportunity to write from the point of view of younger people: third graders in KiKi Pineapple and a teenage boy in Missing the Man. It was a fun challenge to understand their perspectives. Also, it was fun to name the characters in both plays.

Q: How do you feel about KiKi Pineapple … and Missing the Man being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
S.M.: It's gratifying that the 10-Minute Festival is in its second year. It feels like there's a stronger environment for playwrights in Greater Lafayette with it and the Civic Playwrights Group. I'm honored that these plays will be produced alongside those written by Shane Guenin, Scott Haan, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Evan Myers and Laurie Russell. And I can't wait to see how Michelle Bonora and Laurie and their actors bring them to life on the stage.

Q: Why do you like writing?
S.M.: There is so much variety in the stories that can be told and the ways in which they are told, it's almost overwhelming. The editing and revision process is especially fun because a playwright can begin telling one story in a certain way and end up telling a completely different tale in a new way. Options!

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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, May 27, 2014

In the Wings: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights – Scott Haan, "Be Right Back."

 


Scott Haan wrote Be Right Back, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Steve Martin.

Question: What is Be Right Back about?
Scott Haan: Jeff needs to run what should be a quick errand, but Emma continually stalls his departure with a barrage of inane questions that threaten his patience and his very sanity.

Q: Why did you want to write Be Right Back?
S.H.: The idea hit me and I couldn't resist; I was absolutely compelled to write it.

Q: What was the most fun part of writing Be Right Back?
S.H.: I really enjoyed the challenge of mixing genres; the story is a comedy, but I tried to also include a little bit of drama, which is tricky to achieve in such a short story.

Q: How do you feel about Be Right Back being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
S.H.: I'm very excited to be part of this again. I had previous plays that debuted during the first Staged Reading season in 2008 and the first 10-Minute Play Festival last year. This will be my third play to premiere on the Civic stage, which is always a huge thrill for me, having lived here in Lafayette for most of my life. And I'm even more excited to have my play directed by fellow playwright Steve Martin, who I greatly respect and admire.

Q: Why do you like writing?
S.H.: For me it is extremely cathartic. Life can be very stressful, and so much of it is completely out of my control. When I write, I can control everything, limited only by the extent of my warped and deranged imagination. It's the best outlet for creativity that I've ever known. Going a little insane when I write helps to keep me sane (relatively) in real life.

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Meet the Playwrights – Shane Guenin, "Answers from Ashes."



Shane Guenin wrote Answers from Ashes, one of seven plays that will make their world debut at the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It is directed by Kyle Borcz.

Question: What is Answers from Ashes about?
Shane Guenin: An arrogant scientist comes across a pretty and intelligent grad student who wants nothing to do with him. Science then ensues.

Q: Why did you want to write Answers from Ashes?
S.G.: I wanted to write this play to get a piece of my writing to the public eye. I see it as a milestone toward future compositions and publications, and the 10-Minute Play Festival is my first stepping stone to what I hope is a career or at least a lifelong hobby in literature.

Q: What was the most fun part of writing Answers from Ashes?
S.G.: The most fun, or at least the most amusing, part of putting this play together was making my sister, Mackenzie, run lines with me. Granted, she never made it through a scene without laughing at me, but a good time was had by all.

Q: How do you feel about Answers from Ashes being produced at Civic Theatre in the festival?
S.G.: I could not ask for a better institution to produce and perform my first play. Civic has been like a second home for me the past couple of years, and the people I have worked with here are second to none. I am very excited to see all of these plays come together on Civic's stage.

Q: Why do you like writing?
S.G.: It would probably be easier for me to answer why I like breathing; writing is nearly as essential as respiration to me. But truly, writing is an outlet. There is really no other medium with which one can be so expressive as with writing. And where other forms of media treat sexuality, religion, profanity, and mental health as taboo, writing welcomes these subjects. This is fortunate, as at least one of those topics finds its way into everything I write.

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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.