Civic 2014-2015 Season

A Civic Production
August 29 – September 13
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde
August 29 – September 13, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Kyle Borcz

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
A rousing romantic escapade and absurd comedic masterpiece about class and etiquette. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.
Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit, and high farce, making this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.Show details

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September 2
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Circle Mirror Transformation

Written by Annie Baker
September 2, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Kate Martin

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.Show details

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A Civic Production
September 26 – 28
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A Wrinkle in Time

Written by John Glore
from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle
September 26 – 28, 2014
at the historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Lori Portner

On a dark and stormy night, the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit arrives at the home of Meg Murry, a tomboy who doesn’t fit in at her New England high school. Meg’s scientist father vanished over two years ago, under mysterious circumstances. Aided by Mrs. Whatsit and her friends, Meg, her gifted brother Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin are transported through time and space on a mission to rescue their father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. John Glore’s delightful, wildly theatrical adaptation brings this acclaimed story magically to life.Show details

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A Civic Production
October 14 – 21
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8

written by Dustin Lance Black
October 14 – 21, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Lori Portner

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8"—a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Prop...Show details

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October 17 – November 1
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The Dixie Swim Club

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten
October 17 – November 1, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Susan Kisinger

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfect" life, and continues to be the group's leader...Show details

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October 25
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Shop Cleaning Day

The Facilities Committee
October 25, 2014
at Civic Theatre shop and booth

Saturday, October 25; 9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteers are needed for a major cleaning of the workshop. We also will be cleaning the booth, organizing lighting and sound equipment.

No special skills needed. Just strong backs, gloves, and an eager spirit to assist Civic with this much needed project!

Bagels, coffee, and orange juice provided.Show details

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October 29
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Frankenstein - A Radio Play

Written by Arliss Jeffries
October 29, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Kris Kazmierczak, Kyle Borcz

Mary Shelley's classic frightful story comes to life on stage in the form of a radio play. Live produced sound effects will add suspense and atmosphere to multiple actors telling the story. From storms to the tearing apart of a body, all will feel and sound real.Show details

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November 14 – 16
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Disney's Aladdin, Jr.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
November 14 – 16, 2014
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Neil Radtke

Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where we're about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince!

All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more - are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. Disney's ALADDIN JR. 's tuneful, accessible Academy award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," will send audiences soaring.

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A Civic Production
December 12 – 14
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A Christmas Story, The Musical!

Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture”A Christmas Story”1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust: All Othe
December 12 – 14, 2014
at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
Directed by Steven Koehler

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun...Show details

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A Civic Production
January 16 – 31
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The Children's Hour

Written by Lillian Hellman
January 16 – 31, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Kate Martin

One of the great successes of this distinguished writer. A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.Show details

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January 20
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Time Stands Still

written by Donald Margulies
January 20, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Michelle Bonora

focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.Show details

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January 27
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Clybourne Park

written Bruce Norris
January 27, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.Show details

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February 13 – 15
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Retreat

Written by Neil Radtke
February 13 – 15, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Aaron Newton

Julia has unexpectedly been put in charge of her first company retreat and is desperate for things to go perfectly. Unfortunately, her hopes for a smooth week are dashed almost as soon as the first guests arrive. An angry boss, a conceited employee, and a strictly prohibited office romance are just the beginning of Julia’s problems. Throw in the mysterious death of one of the guests and Julia finds herself facing a nightmare. The police are called, questions are answered and revelations are made that all lead to a shocking conclusion that nobody could see coming.Show details

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March 6 – 15
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Oliver!

Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
March 6 – 15, 2015
at Sunnyside Intermediate School- Loeb Theatre
Directed by Kate Walker

Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and OLIVER! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I'd Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens' characters are brought to life-perhaps larger than life-with all their facets glowing in this production.Show details

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A Civic Production
April 17 – 19
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Monster in the Closet

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Adults10$
Youth5$
Written by Angela D. Stewart
April 17 – 19, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Laurie Russell

Emily has a big problem. Not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game, but there’s a monster in her closet! It’s not just her imagination. Her friend Stephanie saw it, too. Suffering the teasing of her brother and his friends, Emily and Stephanie recruit some of their own friends to help capture the monster. What they don’t know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn’t mean any harm — he only wants to play Emily’s new video game. He’s too scared of kids to even think about trying to frighten them...Show times and details

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A Civic Production
May 8 – 23
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Escanaba in da Moonlight

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Adults18$
Seniors15$
Youth10$
Student Rush8$
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 20 minutes before curtain)
Written by Jeff Daniels
May 8 – 23, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre
Directed by Steve Becker

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.Show times and details

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May 12
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Approaching Zanzibar

All seats for this production are general admission.
All ages pay what you can.
Written by Tina Howe
May 12, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre

This play by the author of Pride's Crossing, among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?Show times and details

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May 19
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World Premiere Reading

All seats for this production are general admission.
All ages pay what you can.
Written by TBA
May 19, 2015
at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre

Callout for Civic Theatre's 2014-2015 Original Script Contest

In the seven years the Staged Reading Series has been part of the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette season, at least one script has been an original, previously unproduced script written by a local playwright.

* 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
* 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
* 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell
* 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke
* 2011-2012: Puzzles by Laurie Russell ...Show times and details

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