Sunday, October 12, 2014

In the Wings: The Dixie Swim Club. Meet Debra John.

Debra John plays Vernadette Simms in "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will run Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 1 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: How would you describe Vernadette?
Debra John: She's sassy in an acerbic way, she's sassy in a "Bless your heart" way.

Question: What does Vernadette want?
D.J.: Vernadette is a public school teacher and her husband doesn't keep a job for very long. Her two children are like her husband. She is supportive and the backbone of her family. This is an opportunity to get away and not have any responsibilities, so she's ready to cut loose.

Question: What is nice about being in an all-woman group?
D.J.: Not all women are catty and backstabbing. When you have a small cast of women that can bond over well-written shows for women, there is a camaraderie that happens. You don't have to worry about things, they will cover you. If you're feeling down, if you're feeling snarky, they're there. There's no artifice. There's no posturing.

Question: Imagine you and your real-life female friends got together for a weekend. Where would you go and what would you do?
D.J.: I'm from rural western Pennsylvania, very close to West Virginia. We would probably go to The Sportsman's Club, see a polka band and dance the polka.

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