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Aurora to present award-winning 'Fat Pig'

Special Photo
 Jenna Tamisiea, left, plays Helen, an overweight librarian and the love interest of Tom, played by Jacob York in “Fat Pig.” 

Special Photo Jenna Tamisiea, left, plays Helen, an overweight librarian and the love interest of Tom, played by Jacob York in “Fat Pig.” 

LAWRENCEVILLE — Aurora Theatre continues the 2010-11 Georgia Gwinnett College Lab Series with the comically brutal “Fat Pig,” which runs through Feb. 27.

The play, by Neil LaBute, tells the story of Tom, who is young, successful, in shape and falls in love with a plus-sized librarian, Helen. The play examines whether Tom can hold onto his convictions and make the relationship work, or if he will allow stereotypes and pressure from friends and colleagues to impact his love life.

“Obesity is affecting our society at an alarming rate. It is a very important issue facing many young adults,” Aurora Theatre Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. “This play tackles the effects of obesity on romance with a realistic brilliance that is not always easy to watch, but impossible to turn away from.”

If You Go

• What: “Fat Pig”

• When: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday now through Feb. 27

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $15

• For more information: Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

“Fat Pig” won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and was nominated for Laurence Olivier Awards (London) for Best New Comedy in 2005.

Some of the region’s finest young talents will be making their Aurora Theatre debut with “Fat Pig.” In the role of Tom will be Jacob York (Alliance Theatre — “Middle School: The Musical,” Essential Theatre Festival — “Sally and Glen at The Palace”), and undertaking his Rubenesque romantic counterpart, Helen, is Jenna Tamisiea (National Off-Broadway tour — “Food Fight: The Musical,” 7 Stages — “Hair”).

In the role of Jeannie, Tom’s bitter ex-girlfriend, is Maureen Yasko (Synchronicity Performance Group — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Shakespeare Tavern — “The Taming of the Shrew”). Rounding out the cast as the wise-cracking office pal Carter is Aurora favorite Jimi Kocina (“Kiss Me, Kate,” “Christmas Canteen”).

The show is under the direction of Andy Houchins, also making his Aurora Theatre debut.

Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 27. Tickets are $15.

The GGC Lab Series is made possible through the support of sponsor Georgia Gwinnet College. The series features contemporary works fueled by innovation, creativity and inspiration.

GGC Lab performances are held in the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Studio, which gives audiences an intimate experience with plays that resonate particularly with young adults.