LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’ comes to BGSUWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran playwright turned filmmaker Neil LaBute has always had a hunger for showing men and women at their darkest moments, particularly when it comes to romantic relationships. Bowling Green State University’s theatre department will be presenting LaBute’s 2004 play ‘Fat Pig’ at the Joe E. Brown theatre on the college campus on Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30.
LaBute is no stranger to issues such as weight loss and self-image problems. In fact his own past problems are what led him write the play to begin with. He is perhaps best known as the writer/director of “In The Company of Men”, which won the Filmmakers Trophy Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. The film tells the story of a pair of male co-workers who set out to destroy the life of a young deaf woman, as a means to exact revenge on behalf of their gender.
‘Fat Pig’ tells the story of a good looking man who must decide what means more to him, an overweight librarian he has fallen madly in love with or what his friends think of her. As with a number of Labiate’s earlier works, the piece has met with a certain amount of controversy.
“I think this play is a good fit for our theatre program because it examines relationships between men and women and what bonds us together and tears us apart as human beings, which is important subject matter, particularly for students who have to deal with the a number of these issues during a very developmental period of their lives,” said BGSU Theatre Business Operations Manager Sara W. Turner.
Theatre doctoral student Season Ellison is directing BGSU’s production of ‘Fat Pig’. The play features Amanda Sterling, Brandy Tell, Tyler Ward, and Kevin Green. The Literary Dramaturg is Stephen Harrick and the Scenic Designer is Todd Canedy. Lighting and sound are being done by Christopher Moeller and Rob Connick.
“Our season has been a mix of both more traditional works in addition to pieces like this—we have attempted to offer our patrons a lot of variety.”
Evening performances will begin at 8pm Thursday though Saturday. There will also be 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for students and adults. Group rates are available.
For more information or to purchase tickets call (419) 372-2719 or visit www.bgsu.edu/theatrefilm