Starring in Drake’s production of “Some Girl(s)” are Monica Lani (top) and Anna Leiter, Dustin Thomas, Jacqueline DeWitt and Caitlin DeLong.
Drake University Theatre’s production of “Some Girl(s),” a romance by Neil LaBute, will conclude at 2 p.m. today.
Dana Gustafson, a senior directing major from Rockton, Ill., directs the production, which features students Dustin Thomas, Anna Leiter, Caitlin DeLong, Monica Lani and Jacqueline DeWitt.
The play also showcases the work of student designers, including Michael Draheim (scenic design), Brittany Belt (costumes) and Maureen Fitzgerald (lighting).
LaBute’s play follows one man on a journey through his former relationships. On the threshold of marriage, he opts to start digging through his messy past to see what he might have missed out on.
As he jets around the country checking in with four old flames, the “greatest hits” of his romantic life, his past begins to come back up for him in ways he never expected. Comic one moment and starkly serious the next, “Some Girl(s)” holds a modern lens up to the classic battle-of-the-sexes.
“LaBute has written five fantastic roles, and he takes an unflinching look at these characters,” Gustafson said. “The play explores not only relationships between men and women, but sheds light on characters’ darker impulses, those behaviors with which we’d rather not identify, but can’t deny our own capacity for.”
An accomplished playwright, director and screenwriter, LaBute is well known for his cutting-edge, provocative plays and films, including “The Shape of Things,” “Autobahn,” “Your Friends and Neighbors” and “In the Company of Men.”
The final performances will start at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 7) in Studio 55 of the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue. This play contains adult content and the smoking of non-tobacco products.
Tickets, which are free with reservations, are available at the Drake Fine Arts Center Box Office. Reservations may be made in person or by calling 515-271-3841.