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Theater production tackles body ideals in “Fat Pig”

Quint Iverson

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Debbie Lamedman, the director of Pacific University’s upcoming drama production “Fat Pig,” said she is most looking forward to seeing the reactions of the audience on opening night, and the dialogues it will start around campus.

“I don’t think there can be an ambivalent reaction to this play,” Lamedman said.

The play, which follows an overweight woman as she falls in love with a traditionally handsome man and the ridicule she endures in the process, will open on Feb. 8 in the Teatro Barbara Theater in Warner Hall.

“It’s maybe more important and relevant now than it was when it was first written,” Lamedman said. “I think the play will generate a lot of conversation.”

Lamedman and the rest of the play’s production team have been preparing for opening night of “Fat
Pig” since Jan. 8. With no intermission and only four characters in the ensemble, Lamedman said the actors and actresses will have their work cut out for them.

“There are a lot of layers to get through,” Lamedman said. “One character is in every scene and that’s going to be a mountain for him to climb.”

Assistant Director of “Fat Pig” Jojo Miller said they were excited to see what the play could accomplish for students.

“I really want this play to challenge people on their ideas,” Miller said. “The play is about how people can be confident and loving of themselves.”

The cast and crew of “Fat Pig” are also excited about the positivity they feel the play can bring to
campus.

“The fact is, love is love is love,” Lamedman said. “And nothing else should matter.”

The play will run from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 with showings starting at 7:30 p.m., and an additional matinee showing on Feb. 11 at 2:00 p.m. A question and answer session with the cast will follow the Feb. 8 performance.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students with their Boxer Cards, at the door or online.

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