“When faced with selecting a script, I knew I wanted a story that was current, and that would leave the audience thinking about issues that affect them,” said James Sanguinetti, explaining his choice of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things for Your Theatre’s next production, running weekends Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 22. The Shape of Things is Sanguinetti’s first mainstage production for Your Theatre, as the newest staff director for the New Bedford theatre group.
“The Shape of Things explores how outward image helps shape how we act. Despite being written almost 20 years ago, this theme feels even more relevant today, in our era of social media, where people ‘create’ their image on platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.”
“The amazing cast really brings the story to life,” said Sanguinetti, “and shows how someone can get transformed into the person he desperately wants to be. The Shape of Things then challenges the audience to ask: What’s the cost of this transformation? And is it ultimately worth it?”
“The Shape of Things is a wonderful play, and I hope it encourages people to think of the importance of self-worth and the dangers of focusing solely on outward beauty.”
Your Theatre is grateful to Southcoast Health, production supporter for The Shape of Things, and to Bank 5, sponsor of the theatre's current 75th season.
For the safety of all who attend Your Theatre performances, all cast, crew, volunteers, and audience members will follow YTI's Covid-19 protocols. Proof of vaccination is no longer required, but masks must be worn while at the theatre regardless of vaccination status.
The Shape of Things runs two weekends only: Fridays and Saturdays, May 13-14 and 20-21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, May 14-15 and 21-22 at 2:30 p.m. Performances are at Your Theatre, 136 Rivet St. (County St. entrance) in New Bedford. Free parking in the St. Martin's Church lot, next to the church hall (theatre) on the south side of the church. Tickets are General Admission $18; Seniors, students, and military personnel $15. All seats are reserved; call 508-993-0772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to adult language and sexual content, The Shape of Things is intended for mature audiences.
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