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Sept. 13, 2010

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present Reasons to be Pretty by acclaimed contemporary playwright Neil LaBute in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre Friday, Sept. 24–Sunday, Sept. 26.

Four friends confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that American question: How much is pretty worth?

Reasons to be Pretty takes a serious look at what we value in terms of human beauty,” said Rick Walters, chair of the Viterbo theatre department and director of this production. “LaBute is holding a mirror up to the intensely relevant, and often avoided, issue of gender politics—particularly in relationship to the treatment of young women. While this is a sensitive subject, and difficult to confront, the play requires us to ask ourselves if this is really who we are and how we want to be.”

LaBute’s work has been performed all over the country and is especially popular among young people. Reasons to be Pretty played on Broadway in 2009. It is the third in a trilogy of plays that deal with American culture’s fixation with physical beauty and how it affects self-esteem.

Reasons to be Pretty is a dramatic comedy that contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences. This Viterbo production features John Dobbratz, Afton Everett, Abi Johnson, and Charlie Ward.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24–25 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26. As part of the Arts in Context program, a preshow discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 will provide the audience with the opportunity to learn more about the play. A post-show discussion will be held following the Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 performances. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or


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