Before making its debut as a film, Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things heads out towards Hollywood with a Los Angeles premiere at Laguna Playhouse June 1-30. Richard Stein directs the dark comedy, a replacement for the company's previously announced revival of George Bernard Shaw's Candida.
The Shape of Things concerns an art student who befriends and then transforms a museum guard. The play is said 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? Which 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 the upcoming "Possession." For the theatre, he scripted the London and US hit bash: latter day plays.
The Shape of Things features Jay Boyer, Robyn Cohen, Stacy Solodkin and Michael Eric Stickland. Tickets are $24-$45. The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. For reservations, call (949) 497-ARTS.
— By Christine Ehren