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Arts & Entertainment WCU to stage ‘Reasons to Be Pretty’ Feb. 9-12

Greg, played by Tim Stoeckel, a senior acting major from Waynesville, and Steph, played by Sarah Shelter, a sophomore acting major from Charlotte, discuss whether they should break up in a scene from Western Carolina University’s production of “Reasons to Be Pretty,” staging Wednesday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 12. (WCU photo by Ashley T. Evans)Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will present the Neil Labute comedy “Reasons to Be Pretty,” an examination of the trials and tribulations of male-female relationships, Wednesday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 12.

The production, part of the University Theatre’s Mainstage Seasons for 2010-11, explores the anatomy of a breakup after Steph learns boyfriend Greg had categorized her looks, specifically her face, as “regular,” said Claire Eye, assistant professor of theatre and director of “Reasons to Be Pretty.”

The play is a “hilarious, brutally honest and often touching” study of relationships, self-esteem, physical imperfections, and the different ways men and women communicate, said Eye.

“LaBute has become a vital force in American theater, and is credited with writing the way today’s young audiences think and speak,” she said. “‘Reasons’ provides an entertaining night of theater that will make you laugh, may make you cry, and will undoubtedly force you to take a closer look at your own selfimage and relationship.”

The play will stage at 7:30 p.m. in Niggli Theater on the WCU campus. It is intended for mature audiences.

The cast features Tim Stoeckel, a senior acting major from Waynesville, as Greg; Sarah Shelter, a sophomore acting major from Charlotte, as Steph; Jack Watson, a senior acting major from Asheville, as Kent; and Jaclyn Helms, a sophomore acting major from Spruce Pine, as Carly.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for students.

For tickets, call the Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or go online to www.wcu.edu/fapac. For further information on the University Theatre’s Mainstage productions, contact the School of Stage and Screen at (828)227-7491.





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published: 10/18/2013
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