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.