Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 2011: "Fat Pig"

Kyle Ryan as Tom, Brandon McDaniel as Carter and Colleen Lacy as Helen. 

Are appearances deceiving, or are they everything? Can the look of love overcome the love of looks? What’s more important: how you feel, or how you fit in?

There are no easy answers in Fat Pig, the challenging and provocative play by Neil LaBute, coming to Gist Hall Theatre beginning its final weekend on  September 22.

It’s a play about four people out in the world in their 20s, whose decisions have consequences for their lives. It’s a story that has led audiences to laugh, squirm, get angry and even shed a tear.

Because of the issues involved, the bold and uncompromising dialogue, the characters and situations that many can identify with even when they don’t want to, it’s the kind of play that people will be talking about.

One of the most prominent and controversial young American playwrights, Neil LaBute is also a movie director and screenwriter (Nurse Betty, The Wicker Man, In the Company of Men.)

Fat Pig at Gist Hall Theatre at HSU: Thursdays through Saturdays September 15-17, 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 25. $10/$8, with limited number of free seats to HSU students at each performance, from the HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. Directed by Michael Thomas. Produced by HSU Dept. of Theatre, Film & Dance.

Media Previews: HSU Now, Tri-City Weekly, Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal

"Fat Pig is a must-see."
--Sarah Geiler, the Lumberjack

" bravos to a remarkable ensemble of actors whose individual portrayals never took the easy way out, and made each person believably real. Thank you for being secure, bold and open enough to both share, and make us care, about this bottom-line, beautiful “Fat Pig” at HSU. If you missed it, you missed a powerful, eye-opening experience."

--Beti Trauth, Humboldt Beacon

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