‘The Mountaintop’, annual 10-minute play contest among Civic Theater events

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several events and shows are coming to the Civic Theater schedule, including the March 25 10-minute play submission deadline and the theater’s next show, “The Mountaintop.”

The 10th edition ten minute game festival will take place from June 17 to 19. Specific submission rules can be found on the Civic website, www.lafayettecivic.org/play-submissions.

Submissions consisting of scripts not previously produced for the festival must be sent to rachel@lafayettecivic.org by 4:00 p.m. on March 25 to be accepted. The winning pieces will be announced on April 15, according to the website.

“The top 10 rated plays will be selected to be produced at our 10th annual Ten Minute Game Festival June 17-19, 2022,” Civic’s website reads. “Playwrights are not required to attend.”

The next play to be performed at the Civic Theater is “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall. It is a fictionalized account of the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Set entirely in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, King Jr. and Camae, a maid at the motel, discuss his life and from his work.

The Civic Theater production of “The Mountaintop” will star James Woodford and Claire Tchoula as King Jr. and Camae, respectively. “The Mountaintop” will perform from March 31 to April 3. The shows on March 31 and April 1 will take place at 7:30 p.m. and those on April 2 and 3 will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both days.

“‘The Mountaintop’ will be presented as an enhanced staged reading”, Civic Theater website states about the room. “Guests will enjoy free food from a variety of local restaurants before each performance and a free drink from our lobby bar is included with your ticket.”

The final two performances on April 3 will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by Juanita Crider of Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center. Performances will take place at the Monon Depot Theater at the corner of 5th and North streets in downtown Lafayette.

Tickets for “The Mountaintop” are available at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35841/production/1041690 or by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Laura Gorden, left to right, as Kate, Larry Sommers as Greg and Sara Tyner as Sylvia in rehearsal for the Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette production "Sylvia" Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Monon Depot Theatre. "Sylvia" is directed by John Collier.

The Civic Theater’s May show will be “Flora & Ulysses.”

“When Flora saves a squirrel she names Ulysses,” says Civic’s description of the show, “she’s amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers, which take them on an adventure of humorous complications. which ultimately change Flora’s life and outlook forever.”

This casting for this performance is as follows, verbatim:

  • Flora: Raegan McCool
  • Ulysses: Paige Cook
  • William SpiverNolan Gorski
  • Rita/Tootie Tickman: Addison Center
  • Ernie/Donald TickmanTyler Hanauer
  • George Buckman/Alfred T. Slipper/The Amazing Incandesto: Roy Liu
  • Phyllis BuckmanKendall McCullough
  • Old Lady/Dr. Meescham: Laura Pardillo-Lopez
  • Mr. Klaus: Freya Britton

The Civic Youth Theater recently announced that applications for Newell & Russell Fellowships are now being accepted.

“All high school seniors who have attended Civic Theater at any time are eligible to apply for either of our scholarships,” Civic Theater said.

The deadline to apply is April 15 and in-person interviews will take place on April 30. The Newell scholarship application is available here www.lafayettecivic.org/copy-of-scholarships and the Russell Fellowship application is available here www.lafayettecivic.org/copy-of-justin-m-newell-scholarship.

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at mchristopherson@jconline.com and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.

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