November 1 - 23, 2013
at the Manny Fried Playhouse
for the second show in our 11th
season of subversive plays...
THE SHAPE OF
by Neil LaBute
Directed by Annise Celano
Starring Candice Kogut* & Sean Marciniak
November 1st -
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $25 general admission
or $20 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre members
For all Thursday shows admission is pay-what-you-can
here to purchase tickets online for all shows
is all about truth
...and all the bullshit in between.
do you take on a world that PRETENDS to care about art, truth, and inner
beauty, but really only sees "the
shape of things"?
second show in our 11th Season at Subversive Theatre, we're excited
to present the fresh in-your-face
modern masterpiece THE SHAPE OF THINGS by America's fresh-est in-your-face-est
modern playwright Neil LaBute.
To bring to life this smart young work, Subversive Theatre is thrilled
to welcome aboard an equally young and enthusiastic artistic team.
Recent Niagara University graduate Annise
Celano makes her directorial debut with a bright young cast that features Candice Kogut*, Sean
Marciniak, Shabar Rouse, and Sophia
Howes. Lighting, Costume, and Sound Design are provided by recent
Niagara University graduates Emily
Pedersen*, Ryan Masline, and Anthony
Rajewski with Set Design by Subversive Theatre's resident carpenter Tom
Filled to the brim with bitterly ironic humor, deliciously real
dialogue, and vibrantly blunt situations, THE
SHAPE OF THINGS cuts to the bone of America's hypocritical
attitudes on art, sexuality, and surface appearances.
Set in a small middle American campus town in 2001, this four character
play follows the awkward love affair between Adam -- an overly innocent,
overly shy, struggling-to-get-by college student -- and Evelyn -- an overly
confident, overly sexual, overly outspoken graduate Art student who's all too
eager to change her new lover into a different kind of man.
How much is
it fair to change someone in the course of relationship? How far is it fair to go to make an artistic statement?
How do you take on a world that PRETENDS to care about inner beauty,
but really only sees 'the shape of things'? LaBute's
unflinching commentary offers no easy answers, but forces his audience to face
up to these thorny questions with an irresistibly brash and honest swagger
that distinguishes THE
SHAPE OF THINGS as one of the great new works of Twenty-First
Century American Theatre.
production of THE SHAPE OF THINGS runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
at 8pm from November 1st - 23rd,
2013. All performances are in
Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue The
Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of
North Buffalo's historic Great Arrow Building.
Tickets are $25 general admission or $20 for students, seniors, and
Subversive Theatre members. Admission
for all Thursday shows is pay-what-you-can.
information or to make a reservation, call our phoneline at 716-408-0499.
AUTHOR NEIL LABUTE.
One of America's most prolific and distinctive modern writers, Neil
LaBute is famous for plays like BASH and FAT PIG, films like SEXTING,
YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, and IN THE COMPANY OF MEN and now the
new television series FULL CIRCLE.
Dubbed the "American
Theater's reigning misanthrope" by the Village Voice in 2009, LaBute
writes with a smart and savagely honest voice that rings out with a
refreshingly ruthless disdain for just about any kind of value that could even
remotely be called traditional..
Although his harsh outlook has led some to denounce his work as
misogynistic and even bigoted, LaBute's unapologetic plays have brought back
as sense of raw passion, urgency, and brutal sincerity that have too long been
absent from the American Theater.
ABOUT THE SHAPE OF THINGS.
THE SHAPE OF THINGS made its
world debut in 2001 at the Almeida Theatre in London with Paul Rudd as "Adam," Rachel
Weisz as "Evelyn," Gretchen
Mol as "Jenny," and Fred
Weller as "Phillip." The
enormous success of this production spurred a film version in 2003 featuring
the same cast (with an original soundtrack by Elvis Costello!).
THE SHAPE OF THINGS has gone
on to enjoy a long list of performances worldwide.
Perhaps because of its college-aged cast and setting, it is often
performed by college theatre departments.
Co-incidentally, it is scheduled to be performed locally at both
Niagara University and SUNY Fredonia in 2014!
Recent professional productions include London's The Gallery Soho on
Charing Cross Road under the direction of Tom
Attenborough in January of 2011.