Dallas Theater Center Stages LaBute's Beauty Plays Trilogy

News   Dallas Theater Center Stages LaBute's Beauty Plays Trilogy
Neil LaBute's The Beauty Plays, including The Shape of Things, Fat Pig and reasons to be pretty, will run in repertory at the Dallas Theater Center through May 23.
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DTC resident acting company member Matthew Gray directs The Shape of Things (which began Feb. 23), DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty will direct Fat Pig, and Joel Ferrell will direct reasons to be pretty.

The Shape of Things features Steven Walters, Lee Trull Abbey Siegworth and Aleisha Force. Fat Pig, which features Regan Adair, Aleisha Force and Steven Walters, will begin performances March 12; and reasons to be pretty, starring Regan Adair, Abbey Siegworth, Lee Trull and Christina Vela, will begin April 2.

The productions are designed by Donna Marquet (set designer), Ric Leal (costume designer), Driscoll Otto (lighting designer) and Bruce Richardson (sound designer).

In The Shape of Things, "Adam (Walters), a shy, overweight college student embarks on an extreme transformational journey after falling in love with sexy and confident graduate art student Evelyn (Siegworth)."

Press notes for Fat Pig read: "Helen (Vela), a plus-size librarian catches the attention of Tom (Adair), an in-shape, successful professional. As their relationship blossoms, Tom struggles with navigating the dynamics of his relationships with vain colleagues Jeannie (Force) and Carter ( Walters) who judge him for his romantic decision, forcing Tom to come to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks." Press notes for reasons to be pretty state: "When Steph (Vela) gets wind of her boyfriend Greg's (Trull) comments about a co-worker’s pretty face, their relationship is thrown into turmoil. Their friends (Adair and Siegworth) are pulled into the fray and all are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to understand the power and dangers of beauty in contemporary America."

"Neil LaBute is one of the most dynamic, surprising, and controversial writers in the American theater," Moriarty said in a statement. "Over the past decade, he has consistently and unabashedly ripped off the façade of contemporary American society, writing with truthfulness and a scalpel-like precision. Using both biting comedy and heart-breaking drama as his tools, his work confronts deeply personal and familiar issues that most people think about but are rarely brave enough to discuss in our daily lives."

For tickets phone (214) 880-0202 or visit DallasTheaterCenter.

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