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Posted Friday, May 2, 2008
Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Arts Council is pleased to present a special performance of "The Shape of Things" by Neil LaBute, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at The General Store Café in Pittsboro. The play is produced, directed and preformed by students of The Department of Dramatic Art at the UNC through the support of The Carolina Student Arts Grant.
This is Director Barbara Harrison's first off-campus production. A senior Dramatic Art Major, she grew up in NJ performing at Ridgewood High School and Garage Theatre Group. Since coming to UNC Ms. Harrison have been an actor and director for Lab! Theatre. Her impressive educational background includes the UNC in London Program- theatre studies; the British American Drama Academy's Midsummer in Oxford Program; the Burch Honors program with Julie Fishell: Living Theater Live in NYC; and an Artistic Intern at Arts Nova Theater. She will graduate in December 2008, after which she plans to move to NYC to pursue a career in theatre and eventually Graduate School for Directing.
"The Shape of Things" premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2001, directed by LaBute. He is known for writing characters who talk to one another in a contemporary style depicting all sides of human nature. Set on a midwestern college campus, the drama centers on the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically involved with each other. The play, provocative, witty and intriguing, examines the meaning of art and asks: How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change? Which price might you pay?
LaBute says, "My plays are polarizing. People love them or loathe them." "This wonderfully grasps the idea that art is different things to different people; the point being that art is the jumping off point from which we communicate and connect," states Harrison.
The play's off- campus venue, The General Store Café new expanded space, is ideally suited to host cultural arts events. Now owned by a small group of dedicated individuals, the café continues to grow. Two of the owners, Vance and Joyce Remick, manage and keep the café alive as a community center by supporting local artists, musicians, and non profits.
Seating for the performance is free. Donations are welcomed and will be used to fund ChathamArts mission to support cultural opportunities in Chatham County.
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