Site-specific theatre company Rhapsody of Words will present Laurence Olivier Award-nominated playwright Neil LaBute’s The Shape Of Things at a Soho art gallery this winter.
Directed by Tom Attenborough, The Shape Of Things opens on 1 February (with previews from 27 January) and runs to 6 March at The Gallery Soho. The young cast comprises Katy Marks, Lucy Marks, Andrew Nolan and Edward Rowett.
LaBute’s play tells the story of Adam, a non-descript young student who works part-time in an art museum and a video store to pay his way through college. However, when he meets Evelyn his life begins to change as she instils a new-found confidence in him. Soon Adam is attracting attention he has never had before. But how far is Adam willing to go to make his relationship with Evelyn work? And how much will he change his perception of himself from what he used to be to what he believes he wants to be?
LaBute’s play first opened at the Almeida theatre in 2001 starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz, who went on to star in the 2003 film version also directed by the playwright. LaBute’s other writing credits include the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated Fat Pig, In A Dark Dark House, Reasons To Be Pretty and The Distance From Here. His play In A Forest Dark And Deep will open in March at the Vaudeville theatre, starring Olivia Williams and Lost star Matthew Fox.
Rhapsody of Words was set up in 2010 with the aim of producing theatre that matches texts to specific venues in which the core of each play may best be explored. Audience members attending The Shape Of Things will witness the action take place in a traditional gallery setting, standing and acting as they would in any other art gallery.