Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ...
Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldy questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.
Neil LaBute is a critically acclaimed writer-director for both the stage and screen. His works include the plays The Distance from Here and bash: latterday plays and the films In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, and Possession, as well as the play and film adaptation of The Shape of Things.
Fat Pig "That First Meeting with Her"A WOMAN in a crowded restaurant, standing at one of those tall tables. A bunch of food in front of her, and she is quietly eating it. By the way, she's a plus size. Very. After a moment, a MAN enters, juggling a lunch tray. He looks around, then moves toward her. MAN ... pretty big.WOMAN Excuse me?MAN I'm sorry, I was just sort of, you know, speaking out loud. Pretty big in here. That's what I was saying ...WOMAN Oh. Right.MAN Lots of room for, you know, people.WOMAN Yes. It's popular. The MAN looks around, trying to see if there's a spot for him yet. WOMAN You can eat here if you want.MAN No, I don't need to, umm ...WOMAN What?MAN I dunno, I hadn't really thought the rest of that one through! Ahh, "intrude," I guess.WOMAN You're not. I'll make some room for you.MAN You sure?WOMAN Of course.MAN Thanks. She stares at him a minute, then slides some of her food to one side, allowing him a space if he wants it. WOMAN I thought you meant me. Before.MAN I'm sorry?WOMAN When you said that, "pretty big," I thought you were saying that to me. About me.MAN Oh, no, God, no! I wouldn't ... You did?WOMAN For a second.MAN No, that'd be ... you know. Rude.WOMAN Still ...MAN I mean, why would I do that? A thing like that? I'm not ...WOMAN You'd be surprised. People say all kinds of things here.MAN In this place?WOMAN No, not just here, this restaurant or anything, I mean in the city.MAN So ... you mean, people actually ... what? Say things to your face?WOMAN Of course. All the time.MAN About what? She looks over at him without saying anything. Silence. WOMAN ... My hair color. (Beat.) What do you think?MAN Oh, I see. (Smiles.) Sure ...WOMAN It's not a huge deal--I was just mentioning it.MAN Yeah, but ...WOMAN You get used to it. I guess they think that--I don't know, after a certain size or whatever ...MAN Geez, that's hard to ...WOMAN I shouldn't have all this stuff for lunch, anyway, but I can't help it. I'm hungry.MAN Sure ... hey, it's lunchtime, right?WOMAN Yeah.MAN I mean, look at me ... look how much chicken they put on my salad!WOMAN That's not exactly comforting ...MAN I just meant ... whatever. Sorry.WOMAN I had three pieces of pizza, and the garlic bread, and a salad. Plus dessert ...MAN Hey, you know ... It's your ...WOMAN How does that sentence end?MAN Badly, I'm sure! Hell, it's your body, you do what you want. That's what I think ...WOMAN Really?MAN Of course. I mean ...WOMAN So, do you really like sprouts or does that only hold true for me? Your little theory there ...MAN No, I'm just ... I had a really big breakfast, so I'm ...WOMAN That's a lie.MAN Ahh, yeah. Yes, it was. You saw through that one ... Damn, you seem pretty good at this!WOMAN What, the truth?MAN Yeah, that.WOMAN I'm not bad, actually ... not too bad at all. A moment between them; then they both get down to some serious eating. WOMAN Yes, I'm over at the library. I was at an interview, actually, for a different branch ... that's why I have the, you know, "Miss Kitty" hair today, All dolled up. The MAN nods and points at a plastic bag on the table. MAN Ahh, cool I get it. Gunsmoke. You look nice. (Grins.) Yeah, I saw the library bag earlier. Thought maybe you just stopped by there and checked those out, or ...WOMAN Nope. "I'm not just the president, I'm also a client ..." (Beat.) That one wig commercial? The Hair Club for Men or something ...MAN Oh, right ... right! (Laughs.) That's funny. Yeah. Who do they think is really gonna fall for that stuff?WOMAN I dunno! It always looks so cheesy when guys do that ... people should just go with it, you know? I mean, whatever they look like. It's ...MAN Yeah. I agree. (Points.) That's a lot of videos there.WOMAN It was a long weekend ...MAN Right. (Smiles.) So, lemme guess ... When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, probably, ummm ...WOMAN Wrong. Take a look. She smiles at him as he reaches over and glances in the bag. Pulls a few out. Library emblem on each case. MANThe Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare ... Ice Station Zebra?WOMAN I threw myself a little Alistair MacLean festival.MAN Huh. Don't get me wrong, because I love that stuff, but ... that's not very "girlie" of you.WOMAN You're probably just dating the wrong kinds of girls. They share a smile and a chuckle. The MAN reappraises her.