Ensemble Theatre Of Chattanooga Announces Performance Dates Of Fat Pig

Monday, March 03, 2014
From left, Jake Waters, Hunter Rodgers, Casey Keelen and Katie Tate.
From left, Jake Waters, Hunter Rodgers, Casey Keelen and Katie Tate.

The community is invited to attend Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's performance of Neil Labute's Fat Pig. Performances will be held at the theater located inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.,  from March 13-22.

Review for Neil Labute's Fat Pig:

 The story follows an attractive man, Tom, and an overweight woman, Helen, who fall in love but soon find that the pressure of perfection begins to affect their relationship. Tom has trouble defending Helen to the world, which includes his shallow co-workers and in the end, both he and Helen find it difficult to accept her as she is. 

"This is not a nice play,” says director Garry Lee Posey. “Labute is known for identifying social buttons and holding his finger on them for longer than is comfortable.  He creates a world that is so real, it seems fictitious; characters who are so dire that they don't realize what little worth they do possess; and plot lines ripped right out of own lives (but none of us will appreciate admitting it).  But as artists, we are burdened with holding up the mirror.  And for passionate artists, plays like this hit home hard."

"Someone could watch this show and leave saying 'people suck,' but I think every character in this show has redeemable characteristics and at the end of the day, people are just people," explains Casey Keelen. "No matter what size we are or what we look like, everyone in some way or another is looking for approval from their peers and that's what this show is ultimately about."

General admission tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for students with presented student ID. Tickets will be for sale at the box office or also by calling 602-8640. Free parking is available at Eastgate Town Center.

“Fat Pig” is directed by Garry Lee Posey, and stage managed by Kyle Dagnan. The cast includes Casey Keelen, Jake Waters, Hunter Rodgers, and Katie Tate.

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