Fun House Theatre and Film will present Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things as the second production in their ground breaking Actor’s Exploration Series, March 20th-23rd. The play, which excited and intrigued a whole new generation of theater goers upon its premiere in 2001, will feature 4 young actors aged 15-16 and is directed by nationally known standout director and educator, Brad Baker. Fun House’s Actor’s Exploration Series is aimed at challenging specific young actors in our program while pushing the boundaries of what audiences expect to see from “children’s theater”. The Shape of Things, with its unabashedly real take on emotional manipulation, is a perfect fit for this series which is designed to go beyond the traditional models of youth productions and centers on giving our young actors the opportunity to explore complex material while enabling new audiences to be exposed to playwrights, dramatic formats and subject matter not thought of as children’s fare. This production is recommended for audiences ages 15 and up.
The central themes in The Shape of Things focus on the nature of stoicism, art, psychopathy, intimacy, explorations of love and what people are willing to do simply to be loved. The world LaBute creates in this modern day installment of Eve’s seduction of Adam is one where the battle of the sexes, complete with all its carnage, takes place in the younger generation’s modern middle class bastions of society; coffee shops , campuses and museums. Set in a small university town in the American Midwest and centering on the lives of four students who become emotionally and romantically involved with each other, the play is filled with lies and deceit, all part of the manipulation not only of the characters involved, but the audience itself.
March 20 - 23, 2014
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