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Fighting International Fat

Jonathan Reynolds

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The war against weight is the subject of Jonathan Reynolds’s comedic take on consuming passions and our insatiable appetite for television talk shows.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (5 female, 2 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Jonathan Reynolds is a playwright with what may be a quixotic goal. He proposes to appeal to intelligent theatergoers the old-fashioned way, by providing an experience that expands the audience’s vision instead of reaffirming what it already knows … In FIGHTING INTERNATIONAL FAT, two women — leading diet promoters — are locked in a titanic struggle for the opportunity to proselytize their respective positions on a leading television talk show, presided over by the man who happens to be ‘the sex object of every red-blooded American woman.’ Both women will stop at nothing to win over the talk show host, who is under pressure to provide his voracious viewers with revelations five days a week.” —Gaby Rogers, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Jonathan Reynolds

    All ten of Jonathan Reynolds's plays have been produced in New York, most recently DINNER WITH DEMONS, an autobiographical one-man show in which he prepared a full five-course meal onstage eight times a week. Other notable plays include the controversial STONEWALL JACKSON'S HOUSE, which the Pulitzer Drama Jury recommended for the award; GENIUSES, produced by Playwrights Horizons and which ran for a year Off-Broadway; and the first plays he wrote, a pair of one-acts, YANKS 3 DETROIT O TOP OF THE 7TH and RUBBERS at The American Place. Less notable plays include FIGHTING INTERNATIONAL FAT, also produced at Playwrights Horizons, AND TUNNEL FEVER OR THE SHEEP IS OUT, also produced at The American Place. Although five of his screenplays have also been produced, most notably Micki & Maude and My Stepmother is an Alien, his most memorable experiences in filmmaking have been with Apocalypse Now and Leonard Part 6, both of which could have gone either way. He is the recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation grants as well as The Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award for Sustained Achievement. For five years, he was Treasurer of The Dramatists Guild of America, and for six years wrote a bi-weekly food column for The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His memoir, Wrestling With Gravy: A Life, with Food, was recently published by Random House, and his next play GIRLS IN TROUBLE was produced at The Flea Theatre in New York in February 2010. He passed away in November 2021 and was survived by his wife, the set designer and producer, Heidi Ettinger, along with two sons from his previous marriage and three stepsons.

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Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 9/1/2002
Pages 200
ISBN 9780881452075

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Special Notes

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Fighting International Fat is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC