Bethany College Theatre will open its 2013-2014 season with Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, November 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. The play will be performed in the round on stage with seating for 50 each night.
The Shape of Things is an intense, often humorous, and ultimately unsettling play that examines the ways in which power is wielded and yielded within relationships and the ethical boundaries at play in the relationship between art and life. Is all fair in either or both? If not, how far is too far when it comes to love? To art? These are the questions that LaBute explores in a play that has been described as “a modern retelling of the fall of man.”
Writing in The New Yorker, John Lahr describes Neil LaBute as a playwright who probes “the fascinating dark side of individualism, whose ultimate evil is an inability to imagine the suffering of others” and that the playwright’s “great gift is to live in and chronicle that murky area of not knowing, which mankind spends much of its waking life denying. Where does truth end and fiction begin? Is the fiction more valuable than the truth? Do the ends justify the means?”
Gordon Cox of Newsday states that in The Shape of Things, LaBute “dares to explore the ambivalence hiding under the weave of our social fabrc” by tackling themes that are “no less than the subjectivity of love and the definition of art itself.”
The four-member cast includes seniors Gwendolyn Woerpel (Nickerson, KS) as Evelyn, Spencer Wesley (Salina) as Adam, and Jedidiah Duarte (Puebelo, CO) as Phillip, and sophomore Katia Matter (Jewell, KS) as Jenny. Members of the production team include Mikhail Zhilin (stage manager), Sarah Hill (art coordinator), Micah Hirschler (dramaturg), and Dave Olsen (lighting assistant). Professor Greg LeGault directs the production.
Tickets are $7.00 for general admission, $5.00 for senior citizens as well as Bethany College students, staff, and faculty. Please note that the play contains adult themes and situations and very strong language.