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Theater students present trilogy of plays by Neil LaBute

Posted 02/04/15

Three stinging, incisive plays about how we look at ourselves and others will be performed this spring on the Fitchburg State campus. Acclaimed playwright Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, The Shape of Things and Reasons to be Pretty will be performed by students at the Wallace Theater for the Performing Arts in the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, from Wednesday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, March 1. Admission is free.

Fitchburg State faculty member Kelly Morgan (Communications Media), who coordinates Fitchburg State’s professional theater track, calls LaBute’s trilogy among the most important social issue plays he has produced at the University.

“I say this because these plays focus on self-image, self-confidence and how we alter how we look to please others by changing ourselves, and how we demean others based on how they look,” Morgan said.

Morgan directs Fat Pig, which opens the repertory series on Wednesday, Feb. 18. “Cow.” “Slob.” “Pig.” How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? LaBute’s award-winning, stingingly witty romance about love in the modern age of body image and peer pressure and a study in weakness that boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves. Fat Pig will be performed Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

Fitchburg State student Kelly Quinn directs The Shape of Things. LaBute’s play looks at the nature of intimacy and psychopathy related to people’s willingness to do anything to their bodies and the bodies of others. Set in a small university town in the American Midwest, the play looks at the lives of four young students who become emotionally involved with each other based on physical aesthetics. The Shape of Things will be performed Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

Fitchburg State student Noah Dawson directs Reasons to be Pretty. This play centers on four young, working-class friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives, and each other. Following Fat Pig and The Shape of Things, it is the final installment of the playwright’s trilogy focusing on the modern-day obsession with physical appearance. Reasons to be Pretty will be performed Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

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