Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WC Drama Department's Schoolgirl Figure Tackles Weighty Issues, November 16, 17, and 18

Chestertown, MD, November 14, 2006 — Washington College's Drama Department presentsSchoolgirl Figure, a senior thesis directed by Kyle Woerner, written by Wendy MacLeod, November 16 at 9 p.m., and November 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. in the McLain Atrium of the College's John S. Toll Science Center. Reservations are required. For show information, call 410-778-7835 or e-mail

A powerful black comedy about the culture of eating disorders, Schoolgirl Figure dares to venture into a high school where the in-crowd is the thin-crowd. After the death of the ur-anorexic Monique, queen of the Carpenters, the girls battle for the crown and The Bradley, the most-desired boy in school. Thus, the diet wars begin. Lead performers include freshman Travis Brown as The Bradley, freshman Molly O'Connell as Jeanine, sophomore Mary Lide as Patty, and senior Laura O'Sullivan as Renee.

"I really admire the way playwright Wendy MacLeod masks social commentary with black comedy. She takes on society's body image phenomenon head-on and does not shy away from controversy," comments Director Kyle Woerner, "Even though it's humor, Schoolgirl Figure's themes of overcoming societal norms ring true. At its core, the play is designed to provoke a reaction, whether good or bad."

Woerner also warns that the play deals with a mature subject matter and contains partial nudity. For those who have had, in recovery, or currently suffering form an eating disorder, the play may serve as a possible trigger.

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