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MUSEUM MONDAYS: Exploring aesthetics, art, love with moving (literally) production

February 20, 2011

the shape of things 

Written by Neil LaBute, The Shape of Things 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. The play debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday night in the Wright Museum of Art.

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,” Sherman says.

“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.

Performances will run 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 (or $4 for students) and may be purchased  from the Beloit College box office at ext. 2755, or in person Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.-8 p.m. on show nights.

No late seating is permitted.

P.S. There are a limited number of free tickets (55 per show) available for special performances on Tuesday, Feb. 22; Wednesday, Feb. 23; and Wednesday, March 2. These tickets need to be picked up in person. No phone orders or will-call will be accepted for the above dates. For more information, call the theatre department at ext. 2767