LaBute, last represented on Broadway with his play Reasons to Be Pretty, will direct his play, which officially opens April 26. Heather Provost and Aldo Scrofani produce the Broadway engagement.
Fat Pig, according to producers, "tells the story of Tom (Hamilton), a very eligible bachelor who falls for the beautiful, bright and plus-sized Helen (Rolff). Tom is overjoyed with his new relationship but his shallow co-workers are less enthusiastic. Tom shrugs off their objections but eventually the cruel jabs of his acerbic friend Carter (Cook) and Jeannie (Stiles), a former flame, force him to question his own values and the importance of conventional good looks."
The design team will include scenic designer Neil Patel, lighting designer David Weiner and sound designer Robert Kaplowitz.
In a previous statement the playwright said, "Since the original production, the text of the play has been seasoned over the past five years by both my experience and the continuing struggle for acceptance of people in the world around me who fall outside of mainstream, classic definitions. I’ve been approached by people who’ve seen Fat Pig and need to talk to me about it more than any other play I’ve written and I recognize the universal nerve that gets pinched by this story. I’m also extremely eager to get into rehearsal with Dane and Josh. The ability to cater to your actors is a luxury that comes with being both writer and director. I’m planning on writing new material for this production to enhance the already considerable gifts that these men bring to the characters. I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity to see Fat Pig through fresh eyes."
MCC Theater presented Fat Pig at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2004. The Off-Broadway cast featured Jeremy Piven, Keri Russell, Andrew McCarthy and Ashlie Atkinson; Jo Bonney directed. LaBute directed the show's London's incarnation. Fat Pig will play Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. For tickets, ranging $51.50-$129, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 West 44th Street.