Second theater show is 'reasons to be pretty'

November 1, 2013

The second show of the season, Neil LaBute's “reasons to be pretty,” is a love story about the impossibility of love that targets America’s obsession with physical beauty. 

LaBute introduces us to Greg (Colter G. Lemmon, Sophomore, Crawford, NE) and Steph (Veniese Razo, Freshman, Topeka), a flawed but likable twenty-something couple. When Greg is asked to comment on Steph’s "looks," chaos ensues, throwing his tight-knit group of friends into a whirlwind of emotion. When Greg’s best friend Kent (Elliott Brest, Junior, Tomganoxie), and Kent’s wife Carly (Dallas Shafer, Freshman, Emporia) enter the picture, the stakes heighten. As Greg and Steph’s relationship falls apart, their friends are put smack in the middle of conflict. The play explores questions of fidelity, power, and lust, but more importantly: What is beauty worth?

A romantic and adult play, “reasons to be pretty” explores the hopelessness of romance in the 21st century. It earned its author and original cast numerous awards including a Tony Award nomination for Best Play in 2008. A sequel to the play, "Reasons to Be Happy," enjoyed a celebrated off-Broadway run last spring starring Jenna Fisher (The Office). 

Under the direction of senior Mike Koetkemeyer (Salina), our winter production has been entered as a participating entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This show highlights many of our senior talents including Lexey Jost (Set Design, Hutchinson), Jeannie Harper (Costume Design, Cherryvale), John Alfrey (Sound Design,Topeka), and Samaria L.A. Fleig (Stage Manager, Norman, OK). Faculty member, Nancy Pontius, will be incharge of lighting design. 

“reasons to be pretty” will run Nov. 19 through 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 and 24 at 2 p.m in the Ronald Q. Frederickson Theatre.

Other Crew Members Include:

Adam Helmer (Junior, Emporia), Brandon Jensen (Junior, Salina), Ethan Crapser (Freshman, Overland Park), Michael Abbott (Junior, Great Bend), Evan Eisenbarth (Sophomore, Cassoday), Andrew McCutcheon (Junior, Gardner), Miranda Nation (Sophomore, Windfeild), Mika Perez (Freshman, Wichita), Ryan Scully (Senior, Winchester), Kylie Geiman (Junior, Louisburg), and Aubrey Near (Senior, Independence).

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