Monday, January 5, 2015

In the Wings: The Children's Hour. Meet Neil Radtke.

Neil Radtke plays Dr. Joseph Cardin in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, the third production in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs Friday, January 16 through Saturday, January 31 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting

Question: Who is Dr. Joseph Cardin? What is he like?
Neil Radtke: He is Karen Wright's fiancé. He wants everyone to get along and everything to go according to plan. He doesn't want to admit there is a larger problem. He wants to gloss things over and get past any perceived problems.

Q: Why did you audition for The Children's Hour?
N.R.: I love working with Kate Martin. She directed me in the staged reading of Circle Mirror Transformation earlier this season, and it was a terrific experience. I also wanted to do a dramatic role. I was in Rabbit Hole, and it was a neat experience. I like to take on roles that challenge me on different levels.

Q: What will an audience take away from The Children's Hour?
N.R.: Parents of teenagers and people who work with teenagers will have the hair stand up on the back of their neck. I teach middle school and it's rough to watch one of these teenage characters. I want to put her in detention.

Q: Are there any situations in which lying is justified?
N.R.: There are times when we want to spare the feelings of others, and there's no real gain by telling the truth. In these situations, a person won't be hurt by the lie but perhaps it will make them feel better.

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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