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Reasons to be Pretty

[credits] by Neil LaBute – Directed by Carole MacCartee [/credits]

[dates] March 20 – April 5 2011 (Sun, Mon, Tues nights only)[/dates]

“Why do we get so caught up in what other people think?” asks playwright Neil LaBute. That question is at the center of the Tony-nominated play Reasons to be Pretty, which is directed by Carole MacCartee and is being performed at Red Barn Theatre from March 20 – April 5. MacCartee saw Reasons to be Pretty in New York and was drawn to LaBute’s style and the beauty of its language as well as the fact that the aforementioned question lingers throughout the play. What does LaBute think? “Why do we get so caught up in what other people think? Probably for the same reasons we use Google and laugh along when somebody tells a joke that we don’t get… Because we’re deathly afraid of being anything but normal.”
Reasons stars Shakti Assouline, Brandon Beach, John Good and Amber McDonald Good. Shows are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from March 20 – April 5. Curtain is at 8pm. You can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office at 305-296-9911 after 1pm daily. Red Barn Theatre is located at 319 Duval Street in Key West. Photo illustration by mikemarrero.com

Special thanks to our show sponsor KONK Broadcasting Network!

Casting About

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.

About Face

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.”



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