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The Phoenix Theatre presents the Indiana premiere of Neil LaBute’s 2004 contemporary dark comedy Fat Pig May 17-June 10.

The play is a commentary about love in our body-conscious society. Tom hits it off with Helen, a bright, sexy woman who happens to be plus-sized. As he reluctantly finds himself falling in love with her, Tom’s colleagues are brutally cruel in their assessment of his new girlfriend. LaBute’s play explores how much our relentless pursuit of beauty has turned us into an uglier (and shallower) species. LaBute said in an interview last year on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, “Fat Pig is as much a study of weakness as anything. This young man doesn’t have the spine to live up to his convictions. He has a private life and a public life and can’t marry them. It’s easy to say we’ll be strong but harder to do.”

LaBute is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and film director. In 1993, he premiered his play In The Company of Men. Afterward, he taught drama and film at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, where he adapted and filmed the play. His next film, Your Friends and Neighbors, was based on his earlier play, Lepers, which received its world premiere in Chicago in 1992. In 2000, LaBute presented Bash: Latter-Day Plays, followed by The Shape of Things in 2001 (which he also made into a film) and The Distance from Here in 2002. His 2002 play The Mercy Seat was one of the first major theatrical responses to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. His 2005 plays include Some Girls, Wrecks, This is How it Goes and Autobahn. He adapted and directed the 2006 film Wicker Man.

Fat Pig will be performed in the Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre at the Phoenix Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25; $15 for those 24 and under. During CheapSeats week, May 17- 20, all tickets are just $15. To purchase tickets, call the Phoenix, 749 N. Park Ave., at 317-635-PLAY or www.phoenixtheatre.org.

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