Sunday, May 3, 2015

In the Wings: Escanaba in da Moonlight. Meet Allen Banning.

Allen Banning plays Albert Soady in Jeff Daniels' "Escanaba in da Moonlight," the fifth and final production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs May 8-23 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Why did you audition?
Allen Banning: I love doing comedies, and I knew Steve Becker, the director, would be leaving town after this show and this would be the last chance to work with him.

Q: What are some of Albert's good traits, and what's fun about playing him?
A.B.: Albert loves his family, he loves hunting and nature, and he loves food. He's a very caring and loving father. He has a quick wit and is disgusted with his children a lot. He constantly says he would rather have them somewhere else, but he really wants to be with them and he enjoys the time he spends with them.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
A.B.: If we can get the set to match the model, they'll love the set. They'll also love the dialogue, the interaction and rapport within the family and Jimmer, too.

Q: What is it like being in a play with only adult men in the cast?
A.B.: It's like heaven. We can be ourselves. Bodily functions and sounds don't matter.

Q: If you could take a family vacation anywhere, where would it be?
A.B.: It would have to be touring Europe: Italy, France and into England. It's the history. I'd love my family there, learning and experiencing a different country.

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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