Friday, June 6, 2014

In the Wings: The 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Mike Atwell.



Mike Atwell plays Don in You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Evan Myers wrote the play.

Question: Who is Don?
Mike Atwell: Don is the sole patron in the bar. He wants to be left alone and to drink his sorrows away.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
M.A.: Trying to mime eating fried pickles and trying to determine how long a beer lasts if you're fake drinking are challenges. My character starts by asking for a beer, he gets another beer and a mixed drink, and at the end of the 10 minutes, he asks for another beer. In that time period, he's had a lot of alcoholic drinks, and he's eating fried pickles too.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
M.A.: "send an email to my Mom and tell her how much I love her"

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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