Student-directed play ‘Fat Pig’ on stage March 5-8

Fat Pig poster artwork.
February 25, 2014

McDaniel College presents American playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig,” directed by senior Kiera Gillock, at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in WMC Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call 410-857-2448.

Kiera Gillock of Cranston, R.I., a dual major in cinema and theatre arts, directs the production. The four-person cast includes senior Alissa Beckett of Medford, N.J.; junior Najee Banks of Baltimore; junior Craig Corlis of Madeira Beach, Fla., and freshman Nia Gipson of Owings Mills, Md.

“Fat Pig” is a comedic-drama that explores modern attitudes toward beauty. After a chance meeting, businessman Tom Sullivan (Najee Banks) falls in love with the self-confident, plus-size librarian Helen (Alissa Beckett). Tom’s shallow and judgmental coworkers, Carter (Craig Corlis) and Jeannie (Nia Gipson), disapprove of the relationship.

Gillock says that she chose the show for its power and wit.

“Social pressure is felt by everyone,” she said. “Some people embrace it, others question it, and those who are pushed on the outer rims of acceptance walk a fine line of contentment and degradation.

“While Helen tries to ease her fears about the honesty of their relationship, Tom struggles to face the ridicule of his coworkers. Each character grapples with reconciling themselves in the image-conscious world in which they find themselves. The universal strife is particularly relevant to college students, who face some of the strongest social pressure in a world run by media and peer relations. Neil LaBute has found a very funny, thought-provoking way of looking at these issues.”