Under the direction of professor Antoinette Winstead the theatre company will perform the 2004 comedy ‘Fat Pig’ written by Neil LaBute this November. The cost is $3 for students and $8 for general admission. Performance dates were unavailable at press time.
According to Winstead ‘Fat Pig’ is a comedy about “Tom who falls in love with an overweight woman Helen and he’s basically body shamed for being with her by his peers and he has to decide whether or not he is going to stay with her or if he is going to fall victim to this peer pressure.”
Rehearsals began the first week of September.
“They’ve been going really well. We have a good strong cast,” Winstead said.
Professor Winstead and the cast and crew continue to meet Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
According to Winstead the biggest strengths of the cast include “their ability to embrace the characters and relate to them and they bring a wealth of understanding to these characters just from their own experiences.”
Winstead also emphasized that the cast and crew could continue working on”everything,” and rehearsals “are never done until it’s over. Right now as the director I’m cleaning up little things so we’re cleaning up blocking right now and just making sure that it’s as clean as possible. We’re still running acts and beginning on Wednesday we will just be running the show and seeing where we could tighten the show up.”
Winstead was thrilled to have the opportunity to direct this show this season. “It’s one of my favorite contemporary plays. I’ve been trying to direct it for the last five years, but it always falls through. Because I’m a media person it really speaks to the aspect of what is beauty in our culture and are we really free to fall in love with the people we want to fall in love with or is there so much societal pressure on what we look like especially if you’re in certain positions in business that it really matters who’s on your arm whether your male or female. How many relationships are based on what somebody looks like to other people rather than who they are inside?”
Winstead hopes that the play will be a positive experience for the audience and provide them with “that fear and that being brace enough to step out on the edge and love who you want to love,” and “a sense of hypocrisy in our society, a sense of how they view people and maybe they shouldn’t view them the way they do, and just understand how somebody who’s a larger person feels within our culture of thinness and how isolating that could be and that shaming that goes on. This character hides her away after he’s confronted because he doesn’t want to be out in public with her and how often do we do that.”
The runtime of the play is about 75 minutes without an intermission and does contain adult content and explicit language. Funds raised from the performances will go towards the Thanksgiving food drive.