Fat Pig

Neil LaBute
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The BPPI acting edition is the only authorized version of this play for production. No other published versions may be used.
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play


“Cow.” “Slob.” “Pig.” 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 comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil 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.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 95 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“The most emotional engaging and unsettling of Mr LaBute’s plays since BASH … A serious step forward for a playwright who has always been most comfortable with judgmental distance.” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“One of Neil LaBute’s subtler effort … Demonstrates a warmth and compassion for its characters missing in many of LaBute’s previous works [and] balances black humor and social commentary in … beautifully written, hilarious … dissection of how societal pressures affect relationships … Astute and up-to-the-minute relevant.” —Frank Scheck, New York Post

“Will make you squirm in your seat. It’s theater without novocain [from] an author with a uniquely truthful voice.” —Jacques le Sourd, The Journal News

About the Author


  • Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute's plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/30/2014
Pages 76
ISBN 9780881455205

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

World premiere at Manhattan Class Company, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Fat Pig is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


3/14/2024 – 3/25/2024
Exit Left Theatre Company
Holland, MI

1/12/2024 – 1/14/2024
Chatham Community Players
Chatham, NJ

1/8/2023 – 1/8/2023
The Western Reserve Playhouse
Bath, OH

9/9/2022 – 9/10/2022
Theatre Arlington
Arlington, TX

1/22/2022 – 1/22/2022
Susquehanna Stage Co.
Marietta, PA

10/19/2021 – 10/20/2021
Newberry College Theatre
Newberry, SC

11/1/2019 – 11/9/2019
Fresno State University
Fresno, CA

9/13/2019 – 9/15/2019
Crash Acting Studio
Los Angeles, CA

8/23/2019 – 9/8/2019
Pasadena Little Theatre
Pasadena, TX

5/9/2019 – 5/18/2019
Riot Act, Inc.
Jackson, WY

5/3/2019 – 5/11/2019
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, MD

4/26/2019 – 4/28/2019
Passion Theatre Group
Midland, MI

4/12/2019 – 4/13/2019
Twilight Theater Company
Portland, OR

2/9/2019 – 2/9/2019
Wright State University
Dayton, OH

10/26/2018 – 11/4/2018
Our Lady Of The Lake University
San Antonio, TX

4/5/2018 – 4/22/2018
Cotuit Center For The Arts
Cotuit, MA

3/15/2018 – 3/18/2018
Pacific University Theatre & Dance
Forest Grove, OR

3/2/2018 – 3/4/2018
Windham Theatre Guild
Willimantic, CT

1/11/2018 – 1/28/2018
Prescott Center For The Arts
Prescott, AZ

1/5/2018 – 1/27/2018
An Other Theater Company
Provo, UT

11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017
Manchester Valley High School
Manchester, MD

11/13/2017 – 11/15/2017
School Of Theatre & Dance, Illinois State University
Normal, IL

10/13/2017 – 10/22/2017
Tiger Lily Theatre Company
Knoxville, TN

9/22/2017 – 9/23/2017
Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Moline, IL

8/18/2017 – 8/25/2017
Fox Dance Studio
Redlands, CA

6/9/2017 – 6/24/2017
Flat Earth Theatre
Watertown, MA

6/2/2017 – 6/4/2017
Menomonie Theater Guild
Menomonie, WI

5/12/2017 – 5/21/2017
Arena Players Repertory Theater
Centerport, NY

11/3/2016 – 11/6/2016
Haymarket Theatre
Lincoln, NE

10/7/2016 – 10/8/2016
Crafton Hills College
Yucaipa, CA

6/10/2016 – 6/18/2016
M. T. Pockets Theatre, Inc.
Morgantown, WV

6/10/2016 – 6/19/2016
Flint Community Players
Flint, MI

4/29/2016 – 4/29/2016
Gatehouse Lounge
Staten Island, NY

4/21/2016 – 4/24/2016
5th Wall Productions
Charleston, SC

2/10/2016 – 2/10/2016
Cotuit Center For The Arts
Cotuit, MA,