The Shape of Things, Neil LaBute's Pygmalion-esque tale of artists and art, opens the Aurora Theatre's 2002-2003 season Sept. 13-Oct. 20. The drama, directed by the Berkeley company's producing director Tom Ross, opens Sept. 19.
The Shape of Things concerns Evelyn, an art student who befriends and then transforms Adam, a literature major moonlighting as a museum guard. The play seeks to peel back the skin of two modern relationships and asks the questions: How far would you go for love? How far for art? What would you be willing to change? What price might you pay?
The Shape of Things premiered at London's Almeida Theatre May 30, 2001, before transfering Off-Broadway in the fall. A film, adapted by LaBute and starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz, is tentatively set for release in late 2002 or early 2003.
LaBute's screenplays include the award-winning "In the Company of Men," "Nurse Betty" and this summer's "Possession." For the theatre, he scripted the London and US hit bash: latter day plays.
Stephanie Gularte and Craig Marker star as Evelyn and Adam. Also in the cast Arwen Anderson and Danny Wolohan as Jenny and Philip. Single tickets are $26-$35. The new Aurora Theare is located at 2081 Addison Street. For tickets, call (510) 843-4822. The Aurora Theatre Company is on the web at http://auroratheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren