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reasons to be pretty

MAY 25 THROUGH JUNE 24, 2012

A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, reasons to be pretty is the final installment (following The Shape of Things and Fat Pig) in Neil LaBute’s critically acclaimed trilogy focusing on America’s obsession with physical appearance. When an off-handed remark disrupts the lives of two young couples, they confront self-deceit, treachery and their own willingness to change. reasons to be pretty has the razor-sharp wit and insight we expect from LaBute, but with an extraordinary new twist – hope!

Strong language and sexual content  – recommended for patrons age 17+

Maria Mileaf’s commanding production of LaBute’s play proves, once again,
that PTC is the place to go in Philadelphia for serious contemporary
American drama
! – Philadelphia Weekly

INTENSE AND REMARKABLE! – KYW News Radio

PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY’S FINE PRODUCTION IS BOTH POWERFUL AND FUNNY! – The Chestnut Hill Local

Neil LaBute pisses people off, AND I LOVE IT! – Citypaper

PRETTY IS AN INDELICATE LITTLE GEM…MILEAF’S PRODUCTION IS SEAMLESS! – The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Broadway production spoke to me and so does this dynamic staging at Philadelphia Theatre Company! - The Philadelphia Inquirer


MEET THE CAST

Daniel Abeles (Greg) PTC debut. NYC Theatre credits include: Too Much Too Soon (Lesser America), Squealer (Theatre for the New City), Ethan Coen’s Offices (Atlantic Theatre Company), Keep Your Baggage With You at all Times (IT Award Nominee, Outstanding Featured Actor) Too Little Too Late (IT Award Nominee, Outstanding Ensemble), Behold! The Bowery, The Heart Attack, and Falling Petals. Regional: The Gnadiges Fraulein (Provincetown) and The Comedy of Errors (Lake George). Film/TV: Law & Order (final season), Gasoline, Son of Mourning, and Repatriate. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a founding member of the theater company Lesser America.

Paul Felder (Kent) is thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Theatre Company on this amazing play.  This is Paul’s second Neal LaBute credit, having already played Carter in Theatre Horizon’s production of Fat Pig.  Other Credits include: Sylvia, Magnetic North (Act II Playhouse), Lieutenant of Inishmore (Theatre Exile), Eclectic Society, Streetcar Named Desire (Walnut Street Theatre), Talk Radio, Chicken, and Extremities (New City Stage Company).  When not on stage, Paul is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter with a record of 2-0, and counting!  He would like to thank his loving family and Lynnia.

Genevieve Perrier (Steph) is a local Philadelphia actress proud to be making her debut at PTC.  She has performed with many of the area’s companies, including the Arden, Act II, Azuka, EgoPo, Exile, Headlong Dance, Lantern, Pig Iron, Mum Puppettheatre, and Temple Reparatory Theater.  Favorite roles include Kyra in Skylight (Barrymore for Outstanding Leading Actress), Girleen in The Lonesome West (Barrymore Nomination for Supporting Actress), Amanda in Private Lives (Lantern Theater), and Mrs. Computer in The Annihilation Point (The Berserker Residents).  In 2011 she received her MFA from Temple University and is now a teaching artist in the Philadelphia area.  Many thanks to Sara and Maria for this opportunity.

Elizabeth Stanley (Carly) This spring Elizabeth received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Gussie in the New York City Center, Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along (cast album release: June, 2012).  Broadway: originated roles of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Allison in Cry-Baby, and April in the Tony-award-winning revival of Company.  First National Tour: Kira in Xanadu. Off-Broadway: The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Theatre Group—Drama League Nomination, best ensemble). TV: Fringe, The Chappelle Show, and PBS Great Performances: “Company.”  Regional: Rep. of St. Louis, O’Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Co., and Cincinnati Playhouse. Graduate of Indiana University. Twitter: @ECStans