Thursday, February 19, 2009

Neil Labute's 'Fat Pig' Staged at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Drama will present Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" at the Norman James Theatre on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, at 8 p.m.

"Cow." "Slob." "Pig." How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? That's just the question facing handsome office-worker Tom when he falls for Helen, an extremely overweight librarian. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) co-workers, he finds himself having to deal with a plot hatched by them to sabotage the relationship.

As Tom finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks, LaBute's thought-provoking play not only critiques society's slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty, but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

The Washington Post hailed "Fat Pig" as "a surprisingly gentle portrait of the pressures exerted on unconventional love, of the power those deemed attractive hold over people of less streamlined allure."

The Washington College production of "Fat Pig" is directed by senior Blane Wyche and features James Maguire, Allison Valliant, David Melnick and Aileen Brenner. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 410/778-7835 or e-mail drama_tickets@washcoll.edu.

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