Lyons Playhouse, (318) 869-5242,
or Lynn Stewart or
Katie Cooper, Centenary News Service,
Neil LaBute's The
Shape of Things opens Nov. 6 at Centenary College's Marjorie Lyons
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Josh Porter and
Charity Schubert will star in The Shape of Things at Centenary College
on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. There will also
be a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 17. Ticket prices are $13 for adults,
$11 for senior citizens, and $8 for students.
The Shape of Things, directed
by Patric McWilliams, recently completed a smash run off-Broadway after
a successful debut in London's West End. This modern comedy/drama
follows the development of a relationship between Adam, a young college
student who is working as a security guard at an art museum, and Evelyn,
a protester whom he stops from spray painting a sculpture that has been
altered for prudish reasons. The Shape of Things becomes an exploration
of the funny and sometimes cruel games that a more powerful partner can
play on a smitten, weaker one.
LaBute, described by The New Yorker
as "Öthe best new playwright to emerge in the past decade," continues his
theme of what lies beneath the surface of contemporary America.
LaBute is the author of Bash, seen recently on Showtime starring
Calista Flockhart and Paul Rudd. He has also written the screenplays
for In the Company of Men and its sequel Your Friends and Neighbors,
and is the director of Nurse Betty and Possession,
the current Gwyneth Paltrow film.
Josh Porter, who was recently seen
in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, will play Adam. Porter
has appeared in numerous Marjorie Lyons Playhouse productions including,
As Bees In Honey Drown, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Wit, Electra, The
Seagull and Grand Hotel.
Charity Schubert, who will play the
role of Evelyn, appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It at East Bank
Theatre and was also seen in MLPís Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon,
Electra, Wit and As Bees in Honey Drown.
Completing the four-character cast
are Phillip Brooks as Phillip, Adamís best friend, and Sarah Smith as Jenny,
a girl engaged to Phillip. Brooks was seen as Trigorin in last seasonís
The Seagull and appeared recently in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie
Moon. Smith has been seen in the Gilbert and Sullivan Societyís
production of Bye, Bye Birdie and starred as the title character
in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.
McWilliams, the director for The
Shape of Things, has directed many productions at MLP, including The
Devils, Suburbia, Perfect Ganesh, 42nd Street, Picasso at the Lapin Agile,
Prideís Crossing, Keely and Du, Red Scare on Sunset, Marvinís Room and
the recent smash hit, Mame. McWilliams will also be the costume
designer for The Shape of Things.
Don Hooper will be the set and light
designer. Hooper is the resident designer for the Playhouse and has
won numerous awards for his designs in shows such as Into the Woods,
Evita, The Royal Family, A Perfect Ganesh, 42nd Street, Nine and Coastal
Disturbances. Ashley Beckham will serve as the assistant director/stage
manager of the production.
The Shape of Things will open
on a Wednesday rather than the usual Thursday opening. Preview night
will be Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The price for this show is $5.
Due to strong language content, The Shape of Things is not recommended
for children. Call the box office between noon and 4 p.m. at 318-869-5242
to make reservations.
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