Andrew Meyer plays Reuben 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 http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.
Question: Why did you audition?
Andrew Meyer: It seemed like a fun play and a fun part. Our family has property in the Upper Peninsula and we spend a week every summer up there. Got a two-holer, no running water and no electricity. It reminds me of that.
Q: What are some of Reuben's good traits, and what's fun about playing him?
A.M.: Reuben is a good-natured, good-hearted fellow. He's been hunting for 30 years and he's never bagged a buck, and he keeps trying every year. He's a little simple, but he doesn't know that of course. He comes off a little goofy because he's a little dumb, but it's fun to play a nice, lighthearted character with a nice, positive attitude.
Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
A.M.: The characters and their relationships, you can tell they're a band that's been together a long time. There's a lot of love and also a lot of joking around, too.
Q: What is it like being in a play with only adult men in the cast?
A.M.: There's probably more swearing than with other casts. It's fun, it's fine. We bond, we go out for beers after rehearsal. It's a lot of fun.
Q: If you could take a family vacation anywhere, where would it be?
A.M.: It's the family property in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's called Blue Lake, and it's a little slice of heaven. There are no clocks, no time. Get up with the sun, go down with the sun. It's a really peaceful place and you do nothing but spend time with family. It's my ideal vacation spot.