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.

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