[credits] by Neil LaBute – Directed by Carole MacCartee [/credits]
[dates] March 20 – April 5 2011 (Sun, Mon, Tues nights only)[/dates]
Special thanks to our show sponsor KONK Broadcasting Network!
Reasons to be Pretty stars Shakti Assouline, Brandon Beach, John Good and Amber McDonald Good, which MacCartee calls “four of the most talented people I have ever worked with.” That is high praise from someone who has been directing plays for more than 20 years. Key West audiences will recognize Brandon Beach and Shakti Assouline from their performance earlier this season in the sold-out show Greetings! at the Barn. John Good returns to Key West after performing in several Off- and Off-Off Broadway productions including 33 to Nothing, which he also produced and directed. Amber McDonald Good started her theatrical career in Key West at the Greene Street Theatre when she was cast as the baby in A Streetcar Named Desire at the age of six months. Since then, she has performed in many plays, television shows and films in Key West, New York and LA including Law and Order SVU and Hide and Seek, starring Robert DeNiro.
MacCartee feels that the play is at its heart “about the decisions of youth.” LaBute says “I hope this play makes a case for being yourself and standing up for what you believe in. For being brave. For making choices that are hard and adult and not easy. For going out and being a part of the world instead of a mere observer. I’ve written about a lot of men who are really little boys at heart, but Greg, the protagonist in the play, just night be one of the few adults I’ve ever tackled. The play talks a bit about our country’s (and by extension, the world’s) obsession with physical beauty, but it’s really the first coming of age story I’ve written. A boy grows up and becomes a man. I suppose every writer has one of those stories to tell, and this one is mine.”