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‘The Most Massive Woman Wins’

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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2013 | Modified: Nov. 25, 2013
‘The Most Massive Woman Wins’

The topic of body image is explored by the newly formed Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe in its production of Madeline George’s play, ‘The Most Massive Woman Wins,’ Nov. 23 and 24. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in I.G. Studio Theatre.

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The newly formed Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe presents its inaugural production, Madeline George’s “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

The show will be performed in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus.

Ticket prices are $5 for Appalachian students and faculty and staff, with an $8 admission price for the general public. Tickets are available at the door one-half hour prior to each performance.

“The Most Massive Woman Wins” is a one-act play, focusing on the psychological journey of four women trying to understand themselves and the physical journeys that brought them to a liposuction clinic.

The characters in the play — Sabine, Rennie, Cel and Carly — find themselves lost in the idea of beauty and a world that allows others to dictate how they think these women should appear.

Sabine, a college-educated woman who wrote her dissertation on the effects of body image on women in society, expresses her need to have liposuction. Rennie, a 17-year-old senior in high school, puts on a mask, not letting the world see exactly how distraught she is. Cel has scars to hide, while Carly has all but lost her willpower, yet continues to fight for her daughter’s sake.

Savannah Core, a senior theater performance major, directs the production.

“Our hope is that, after seeing ‘The Most Massive Woman Wins,’ audience members will think twice before they use the word ‘fat’ as an insult,” she said. “We seek to raise awareness and assure anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and was less than satisfied with the person staring back at them that they are not alone. We want to help.”

The Appalachian Women’s Theatre Troupe is dedicated to creating performance opportunities for female theater enthusiasts, as well as promoting women in the arts both on campus and in the community. According to president Carmen Lawrence, “The troupe is open to any woman or man, regardless of student status, age, interests or lifestyle.”

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the east side of I.G. Greer Hall, below the auditorium and with a separate entrance on the side of the building. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons and the Rivers Street parking deck.

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