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reasons to be

Directed by Eric Hunicutt,
Guest Director

Admission is FREE.

@ Arthur Wagner Theatre

November 17 - 20

About the Play

About the Playwright

Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty is the third and final installment of his trilogy focusing on modern day obsession with physical appearance. The play centers on four young working class friends and lovers and their dissatisfaction with their dead-end lives and relationships. Nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play in 2008, reasons to be pretty "flows with the compelling naturalness of overheard conversation… It's never easy to say what you mean, or to know what you mean to begin with. With a delicacy that belies its crude vocabulary, reasons to be pretty celebrates the everyday heroism in the struggle to find out" (Ben Brantley, New York Times, June 3, 2008)


Neil LaBute is a playwright, screen writer, and filmmaker, who rose to prominence in the 1990s with controversial and often brutal plays such as In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors, and Bash: Latterday Plays. Three of his more recent works comprise the "trilogy" of plays tackling beauty and physical appearance: The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, and reasons to be pretty.


About the Director

Eric Hunicutt is a director, actor, writer, and teacher currently living and working in Los Angeles. Eric is an alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has trained with Steppenwolf, The Second City, and Improv Olympic theatres.  He is a member of the acclaimed Chicago ensemble The Reckoning and has taught across the country at universities, theatres, festivals, and currently teaches at Improv Olympic West, Warner Loughlin Studios, the American Academy of Dramatic Art Los Angeles, Cal State Summer Arts, and is a faculty member at Steppenwolf Classes West. Recent directing credits include: Piccolo Spoleto Fringe (Charleston, SC), the Comedy Central Stage (LA), Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (NY & LA), The Second City (Chicago & LA), and the Lost Studio (LA). Additionally, Eric has served as a creative consultant for CBS, DreamWorks, and

Director's Vision

One of the aspects of reasons that really excites me is how it begins- with an eruption of a fight between a couple – and what happens to us as audience, immediately, participating in that fight with no knowledge of what has just happened. Like any good fight in a relationship, it's about so much more than what it's "about", and so much of what is said in the heat of this battle hints at the Truths (both spoken and unspoken) in the life of this couple. I find it exhilarating to begin with a very intimate moment in their life, with stakes that are obviously very high to them but a mystery to the audience, and see how our allegiance with each of the men and women in the play is forged out of this explosive beginning. The play is a great big mirror held up to us as audience members, in that we have to recognize how and why we identify with the different "sides" in the play, and how complicated and messy trying to get to the Truth can be. It's a real fun ride.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Carissa Cash - Carly
Sean Estelle - Greg
Russel Ewing - Kent
Hannah Larson - Steph
Director -Eric Hunicutt
Scenic Designer -Mary Kelly
Costume Designer -Mary Summerday
Lighting Designer -Jacob Miller
Sound Designer -Melanie Chen
Asst. Scenic Designer -Faith Swickard
Asst. Costume Designer -Meghan Ong
Prod. Stage Manager -Leighann Enos
Asst. Stage Manager -Zach Kennedy
Production Assistant -Rebecca Hicks



Wed,Nov. 17,8:00 pm OPENING
Thu,Nov. 18,8:00 pm  
Fri,Nov. 19,8:00 pm  
Sat,Nov. 20,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Nov. 20,8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Arthur Wagner Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.


Admission is FREE.

Production Photos

Photos by Jim Carmody

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
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Tel: (858) 534-3791