In the beginning ...

The morality of beauty, the reality of modern relationships and society's obsession with appearances are explored in Southern Oregon University's Department of Performing Arts' production of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things."

When Adam and Evelyn meet, Adam can't believe his good fortune. Evelyn is beautiful, smart and apparently crazy about him. But Evelyn might not be everything she seems, and Adam may not be the man he thinks he is.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 12-14 and 19-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, in the SOU Center Square Theatre.

This SOU production is meant for mature audiences. SOU Theatre Arts student Elisabeth Campbell directs. The play's direction is the culminating project for her bachelor of fine arts degree.

"The play is about how the tenets of postmodernism might be applied to human relationships," Campbell says in a press release. "It pulls philosophical questions such as what is art, beauty or truth down from the ivory tower and unleashes them upon our reality."

LaBute's drama also pays homage to the biblical Adam and Eve and to George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," according to the press release.

Shadee Vossoughi plays Evelyn, Justin Cowan plays Adam, Katie Torcom plays Jenny and Shayne Hanson plays Phillip.

Assistant director for "The Shape of Things" is Rebekah Whittaker, scenic design is by Natalie Scott, costume designer is Morgana Spake, sound design is by Graham Jones and stage manager is Kacey Saffery. SOU professor Sean O'Skea is the lighting designer.

Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 541-552-6348.

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