The Winona State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “reasons to be pretty,” written by Neil LaBute, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, in the Dorothy B. Magnus Black Box Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.
“reasons to be pretty” revolves around a love story about the impossibility of love. The show introduces us to Greg, who adores his girlfriend Steph. Unfortunately, after a few comments about her physical imperfections, overheard by Carly, everything starts going down hill from there. Along with struggling with his own morality in deciding to reveal a co-worker’s infidelity or to keep his mouth shut for the sake of friendship, Greg must determine what’s more important in life: how people view him, or who he actually is as a person.
The production is directed by Jim Williams. Doug Scholz-Carlson, artistic director for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, is fight choreographer for the show. This production serves as a capstone project for four seniors: Holly Anderson (stage manager), Bri Dankers (Carly), Molly Daun (Steph) and Miranda Zuffa (set/light designer).
Anderson (Maplewood, Minn.) is a theatre major with a studio arts minor. She has stage managed for “Love Song,” “Noises Off!” and the past three years of the “24 Hour Theatre Show” at WSU.
Dankers (Lake City, Minn.) is a double major in theatre arts and mass communication-public relations with a dance minor. She has acted in the WSU productions “Two by Two,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” “The Adventure of Treasure Island” and the past three years of the “24 Hour Theatre Show.” She has also performed and choreographed for “Dancescape” and the “Senior Dance Show.” Dankers also interned as an actor at Brownville Village Repertoire Theatre in Nebraska and as box office and marketing intern for the Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Daun (South St. Paul, Minn.) is a theatre arts major and communications minor. She has acted in the WSU productions “Love Song,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” “Noises Off!,” “The Good Body” and the past three years of the “24 Hour Theatre Show.” Daun will start an education internship with the Children’s Theatre Company of Minnesota after graduation this spring.
Zuffa (Apple Valley, Minn.) is a theatre major and a child advocacy minor. She has designed lights for “Dancescape,” “This Wide Night,” “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” “Mirrors” and both set and light designed for the “24 Hour Theatre Show.”
This performance contains explicit language and adult situations.
Tickets are $5 for the public and free for students with an I.D. They can be purchased at www.winona.edu/thad or by calling the Box Office at 507-457-5235.
For more information, contact Williams.
The WSU Department of Theatre and Dance is a member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).