BELOIT (BC) -- The Beloit College Theatre Department will present its newest production, “The Shape of Things,” Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the Wright Museum of Art. Tickets are $8.50 (senior citizens $5; students $4) and may be purchased from the Beloit College box office at 608-363-2755, or in person Monday-Friday, 12:30-5 p.m., and 7:15-8 p.m. on show nights. No late seating is permitted.
The play, written by Neil LaBute, follows the story of a romantic relationship between Evelyn and Adam, students at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. At the suggestion of Evelyn, Adam commits to improving his diet, clothing and lifestyle, and the effects of these changes form much of the play’s exploration of aesthetics, art and love.
Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Jon Foley Sherman, Beloit’s production of “The Shape of Things” is a site-specific, promenade theatre performance in which audience members follow the action by walking through the galleries, classrooms and other public spaces of the Wright Museum of Art in which the scenes take place. “The questions I'm most intrigued by in the play concern art and the process of creation” says Sherman.
“The reason I wanted to stage the play as a promenade performance is that this allows us to break the play apart into its component pieces and better set them aside for examination. It's kind of a clinical move” he admits, “but this means that the audience members will be much closer to the action. The mix of this proximity and distance will hopefully be a little disorienting, which is precisely what the play wants to be, I think.”
For audience members unable to follow the play throughout the museum, a small number of seats will be set up in the South Gallery, where scenes from the rest of the museum will be broadcast.