Monday, May 4, 2015

In the Wings: Escanaba in da Moonlight. Meet Andrew Meyer.

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 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.

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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