The Covenant College Drama Association rounds out its 2006-07 season with a production of Zena Dell Stephens’ "Feeling Fat," a series of six short sketches, only one of which has ever been performed publicly.
Feeling Fat is directed by Emily Brown ’06, who also directed Covenant College’s production of Moliere’s Tartuffe in the fall of 2005. Ms. Brown has had the unique experience of working with the playwright to edit the scenes. Ms. Brown and Ms. Stephens met two years ago in a screenwriting class that Ms. Stephens taught at Covenant.
The six sketches are comedic, for the most part, but even the most outlandish of them carries serious undertones. “What I love about this comedy,” said Ms. Brown, “is not just the fun, but the function—using exaggerated depictions of reality to direct attention to real-life human follies and sin.”
The sketches cover a wide array of themes ranging from racism to relationship problems to self-image issues. The title sketch, Feeling Fat, is about Sonia (played by Janel Corbett ’10) and Janie (Laura Tippens ’09) and their search to feel better about their physical appearance by participating in an aerobics class. Sonia must help Janie overcome her insecurities at first, but as the scene develops, her own neuroses become increasingly apparent.
Feeling Fat will be performed at Covenant College’s Sanderson Hall auditorium. Show times are April 13, 14, and 20 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door and are $3 for adults and $2 for students.