Fat Pig A Play

Neil LaBute

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

112 Pages



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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, Tom finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.

Thus LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.


Praise for Fat Pig

"LaBute [is] the dark shining star of stage and film morality."—Linda Winer, Newsday

"[LaBute's] view of modern men and women is unsparing . . . [He] is holding up a pitiless mirror to ourselves. We may not like what we see, but we can't deny that—if only in some dark corner of our souls—it is there."—Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News (White Plains, New York)

"LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin-sick souls."—John Istel, American Theatre

"There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute."—John Lahr, The New Yorker

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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
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  • Neil LaBute

  • Neil LaBute is a critically acclaimed writer-director for both the stage and screen. His works include the stage dramas 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.