Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Randolph College presents Reasons to be Pretty

Reasons to be Pretty
performance at Randolph College

Performance dates:
7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 - Free preview for Randolph Community
7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-8 & 10-11; 2 p.m. Oct. 9 - Public evening performances

Lab Theatre, Room 203 in Harold G. Leggett Building

Tickets: $10 (general admission), $8 (Randolph employees), $5 (students)
WildCat Theatre returns to the stage this week to prod audiences to think about a tough question about life and love.

“What if you knew the person who you were going to be with forever didn’t think you were pretty?” said Mace Archer, chair of the theatre department at Randolph College. “The more you think about it, that would be tough, waking up next to that person every day.”

That’s the issue tackled by Reasons to be Pretty, a contemporary play by Neil Labute. The play revolves around Greg and Steph, a young couple in love. Greg tells a friend that Steph is not as pretty as the new girl in the office. When Steph learns about his comment, “it throws their relationship into chaos,” Archer said.

The play has only four characters, which Archer said is unique among other theatrical productions at Randolph College and in the Lynchburg community. The cast and crew have had about five weeks to memorize and rehearse the two-hour show.
Logo for Reasons to be Pretty by Neil Labute
Reasons to be Pretty was on Broadway three years ago, and the production rights were released only about a year ago. The College jumped at the chance to produce a contemporary show. “We want our students to be up with the times and familiar with what’s going on in theatre right now,” Archer said.

The show marks the debut of new seating in the Lab Theatre. This summer, the College replaced the hard wooden bleachers with moveable risers with soft, padded chairs.

The play is directed by Hiawatha Johnson Jr., a Randolph College theatre professor.

Greg and Steph are played by Tom Heynan ’15 and Sonja Cirilo ’15. Kent and Carly, the other couple in the play, are portrayed by Matt Cornpropst ’14 and Rebekah Baumgartner ’12.