MCC Theater will stage a one-night-only benefit reading of Neil LaBute’s play Fat Pig, directed by the playwright and featuring a never-before-seen ending. The staging will be led by Golden Globe nominee Chrissy Metz, the breakout star from the NBC drama This Is Us.
The reading will be on March 5 at 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Fat Pig had its world premiere at MCC in 2004. The play traces the relationship between Tom and Helen, who is bright, funny, sexy, and plus-sized. “Forced to explain his new relationship to his friends who think that size does matter, Tom faces an impossible choice,” read production notes.
LaBute, who is currently a resident playwright at MCC, continues his 15-year collaboration with the Off-Broadway theatre. He has debuted 10 of his plays with the organization, including his most recent, All the Ways to Say I Love You. The Off-Broadway production starred Judith Light as a teacher looking back at a watershed moment in her life.
“Neil is inarguably one of the major and most provocative voices in contemporary drama,” said Robert LuPone, MCC’s co-artistic director, in a press statement. “We are thrilled that in our 30th Anniversary Season Neil is bringing one of his major works, Fat Pig, back to MCC where it started over a decade ago—this time with a brand-new ending. His approach—where the material is living, breathing, ever-evolving—is a hallmark of our enduring partnership and of MCC’s most rewarding partnerships over the years.”
For tickets to Fat Pig visit MCCTheater.org or call (212) 352-3101.