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Student Drama Group to Perform “reasons to be pretty” in March

Penn State York Drama Club
Members of the “reason to be pretty” cast are, left to right, Davon Pinkney as Kent, Carley Richardson as Carly, Adam Sontag as Greg, and Angela Steco as Steph.
3/1/2011 —

The Penn State York Drama Club and theatre students will present Neil LaBute’s comedy/drama “reasons to be pretty” on Thursday, March 24; Friday, March 25; and Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). The play is free to the Penn State community, $5 to high school students, and $10 to others. The play contains mature material and may not be suitable for all ages.

The show is directed by Stuart Stelly, Ph.D., instructor in English at Penn State York and adviser to the theatre group, York, Pa.; with Jennifer Barber, York, Pa.; working as assistant director and stage manager. The cast includes Penn State York students Adam Sontag, Hanover, Pa.; Angela Steco, Lancaster, Pa.; Carley Richardson, Mountville, Pa.; and Davon Pinkney, York, Pa. Crew members are Jason Etokebe, Dover, Pa.; Melissa Colon, York, Pa.; and Danica Day, Hanover, Pa; also students.

“Reasons to be pretty,” which appeared on Broadway in 2008, is a coming-of-age comedy/drama about Greg, a college dropout whose life is going nowhere fast. He works in a dead-end job in a shipping warehouse, is trapped in a love-hate relationship with a psychotic girlfriend, and has only one male friend, an incredibly obnoxious buddy from high school who still bullies Greg. Though Greg wants to change his life, he does not seem to have the energy to do so—until he says one little thing about his girlfriend, a thing that shakes up his world and compels him to find the wisdom, and courage, that will help him reshape his life.

“Time Magazine” says about the play: “It is tight, tense and emotionally true, and it portrays characters who actually seem part of the world that the rest of us live in.”

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