Opening This Weekend: because why not? theatre company presents Fat by Shannon Geier

March 3-11, 2017

because why not? theatre company is proud to announce the premiere theatrical production of “Fat,” a play by Shannon Geier. Directed by Andrea Standby, “Fat” premieres at The Chapel on Friday, March 3 and runs through Sunday, March 11. Tickets are on sale now.

fat 2.jpgAmy Prestly has a lot going for her: a career, a happy marriage, a beautiful child, and wonderful friends.  She is also overweight, a fact affecting not just Amy, but her relationships with everyone surrounding her. “Fat” explores the struggles that come with obesity and body image ideals, taking a realistic look at the societal messages communicated with regards to size and the challenges of balancing personal health with positive body image in a world where “thin” equals “better.”

“Everyone recognizes the devastating effects alcoholism and drug addiction have on our society, but that’s not what most people are dying from,” said playwright Shannon Geier. “At the same time, obesity is one of the last bastions of disdain and ridicule. Sitcoms, movies, society as a whole, will still use the obese as comic relief in a way that would not be acceptable with any other group.  How do you reconcile these conflicting messages?”

Director Andrea Standby adds, “We’re falling down a slippery slope in the endless pursuit of mythic perfection.”

because why not? theatre company was started in 2015 with the intention of producing original, entertaining, provocative work that will facilitate thought and discussion long after the show has ended, as well as giving opportunities to new and emerging artists.

“Fat” opens to the public on Friday, March 3 at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive, St. Louis, MO 63105. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a Sunday performance on March 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.fattheplaybwntheatre.bpt.me

About the Director:

Andrea Standby is an artist of many trades. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of PRIME theatre, and dabbles locally in directing, production design, teaching, and visual art. Standby’s past projects include “Prime Presents: The Transmigration Show and Autism Perspective by Jeannie Tribe.”

About the Playwright:

Shannon Geier is a local playwright. Geier’s past works include “Power: A King John Story” for the 2016 Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Shake 38 and “Paradigm” which won the 2016 St. Lou Fringe Merit Award for Excellence in Writing. She is the founder and artistic director of because why not? theatre company.