Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.
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We’re excited to announce that for our 2015 season, we’re continuing our partnership with the Be Be Theater on Commerce Street for all of our shows.


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July 12, 2015 to July 13, 2015

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The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

by Neil Labute    directed by Steph Hickling Beckman

AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY                                         Sunday July 12th 2-5pm and                                                             Monday  July 13th 6-9pm        

Production Description

The Shape of Things or The Art of Perspective or Art Imitates Love or The Things We Do For Love.

When Adam Sorenson meets Evelyn Ann Thompson at the local museum where he works, his life takes an unexpected turn. Never having the best success with women, he is flattered when Evelyn shows an interest in him and, at Evelyn's suggestion, begins a regular exercise regimen, adopts healthier eating habits, dresses more stylishly, and takes on a more confident and dominant personality. The Shape of Things focuses on the nature of art and the moral responsibility of artists, paired with themes of intimacy, and the limits placed on what we will and not do for love.

Rehearsal and Production Dates

Rehearsals are Monday-Thursday 7-10, beginning July 20th, with first read through. There will be no rehearsals August 3rd-6th. A more detailed, character driven rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.

The Shape of Things runs Sept. 4-20 at The Be Be Theatre.

Casting Description  

Character descriptions are provided below. However, any adherence to or deviation from these descriptions are at the discretion of the production’s Director. (Auditions are not necessarily gender specific).Please come prepared to read from the script. Auditions are by appointment only and Invited call backs will be held as needed, on July 14th, to finalize casting decisions

Evelyn  any ethnicity must appear and be able to play 20-30 years old. Any Ethnicity

Adam  any ethnicity must appear and be able to play 20-30 years old. Any Ethnicity

Jenny  any ethnicity must appear and be able to play 20-30 years old. Any Ethnicity

Phillip any ethnicity must appear and be able to play 20-30 years old. Any Ethnicity

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by Neil Labute

Directed by Steph Hickling Beckman

Produced by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective

The Shape of ThingsThe Beneficiary of This Production is TBD

Love and betrayal. Art and obligation. Sex and seduction. Beauty and body image. Set in a liberal arts college in a conservative American Midwestern town, a chance meeting at the local town museum between Evelyn, a renegade art student and Adam, an English Lit Major, sets in motion a cautionary tale of deceit and manipulation. Evelyn and Adam embark on an intense relationship that causes shy and principled Adam to go to extraordinary lengths, including cosmetic surgery, and a betrayal of his best friend, to improve his appearance and character. In the process, Evelyn's subtle and insistent coaching results in a reconstruction of Adam's fundamental moral character. The Shape of Things is an intense and disturbing study not only of the uses of power within human relationships, but also of the ethics involved in the relationship of art and life.

AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT Sunday July 12th 2-5pm and Monday July 13th 6-9pm (2015)

September 3-19, 2015 (Thur-Sat 7:30 pm) The Be Be Theatre 20 Commerce St.

Season Sponsors

Christopher's Computers

Diva Deluxe Design

Tempus Fugit Design

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