|Walter Flood (Dorne Lefere) has his eye on Becky (Erin Osgood), as Kenni (Nancy Boyd) and Ginger (Sue Rogers) look on.|
PHOTO by Jan Cartwright
Trying to interview Dorne Lefere is like the proverbial “box of chocolates” – sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, and you never quite know what you are going to get. In the Farmington Players production of Becky’s New Car, Dorne plays Walter Flood, a wealthy widower that Backy meets late one night at the car dealership. Walter arrives after business hours, but when he wants to buy nine cars as gifts for his employees, he grabs Becky’s attention. Becky makes the sale, but in the process, she gets more than she bargained for.
Here is the text of my interview with Dorne, or at least those portions that are fit to print!
TT: Dorne, how would you describe your character, and how do you relate to him?
DL: I play Walter, a rich widower, a status I often dream about when I look at my wife Ginny’s life insurance policies (which I keep under my pillow and look at often).
TT: What experiences have helped you prepare for your role? What themes can you relate to personally?
DL: I owned my own business for many years, and still rely on my wife to attend to gift purchases for family members.
TT: Why did you want to be in Becky's New Car?
DL: I wanted to be in Becky's New Car because I’ve always loved the smell of a new car.
TT: Why do you think audiences will enjoy this show?
DL: Audiences always enjoy mistaken identities, and this show raises the stakes a little with the addition of a widower, and the second mistaken identity involving a death.
TT: What motivates Walter Flood? He’s a man that seems to have everything, or can buy anything he desires.
DL: Walter desperately wants to get [CENSORED] and even up to the last page of dialogue he still holds out hope that he will maintain [CENSORED] with Becky.
TT: Now that you’re retired, how do you spend your time?
DL: We recently purchased a house in Texas where my eight grandchildren live. I was in a show down there already! I wanted to get my oldest granddaughter Ava into a show with me, and it became a big family affair when the director also cast Ava’s brothers and mom in the show as well.
Becky’s New Car opens at the Farmington Players Barn Theater on February 10 with nine performances through February 25. The show is proudly sponsored by Cadillac Travel. Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing email@example.com or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.