Art and Love meet as Pittsfield’s Town Players stage Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” at the Whit

All photos by John Kickery of Kickery Kreative Photography

Opening Friday, March 11, 2016 and with performances Friday through Sunday for two weekends, is Town Players of Pittsfield’s production of The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield.

How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make? What price would you be willing to pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil LaBute in his play The Shape of Things – a modern retelling of the fall of man. After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair. Before long it veers into the kind of dangerous, seductive territory, that LaBute does best, as Adam, under Evelyn’s steady influence, goes to unimaginable lengths to improve his appearance and character. Only in the final and shocking exhibition, which challenges our most deeply entrenched ideas about art and love, does Evelyn reveal her true intentions.

The cast includes Leah Marie Parker as Evelyn, Jerry Greene as Adam, Alanna Bassett as Jenny and Thomas Suski as Phillip and is being directed by Matthew T. Teichner. The show contains strong language that may not be suitable for children.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday matinees are at 2pm. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups of 10+; and $10 for members of Town Players. Tickets may be reserved online at www.townplayers.org or by calling the Town Players’ Box Office: 413-443-9279.

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