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KSC Students to Perform Dark Comedy, Fat Men In Skirts

Cast members of Fat Men in Skirts: (from left) Greg Parker, Hayley Luoma, Chris Kelly, and Liz Panneton
Cast members of Fat Men in Skirts: (from left) Greg Parker, Hayley Luoma, Chris Kelly, and Liz Panneton

KEENE, N.H., 09/22/08 - Four Keene State College students from the Department of Theatre and Dance share the stage in Nicky Silver’s unimaginably dark and humorous production, Fat Men in Skirts, directed by KSC assistant professor Ron Spangler. The play will be staged Tuesday through Saturday, October 14 - 18, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available through the box office at 603-358-2168 or online at

Fat Men in Skirts exposes the lives and loves of a dysfunctional family through a macabre storyline that begins with a plane crash. Silver uses extreme situations that evoke shock and horror, yet are often metaphors for events and feelings too difficult to imagine. The witty script is filled with razor-sharp punch lines that force us to feel for, and empathize with, the characters, while also allowing us to question our own ethics and societal expectations. Extreme emotional situations are used as the backdrop for this story of savage human behavior, yet at its roots the play is, in fact, a love story. Due to mature topics and language, this production is not recommended for anyone under 16 years of age.

Christopher Kelly (‘09) of Bethel, CT, plays the son, Bishop. Kelly is a theatre major and has performed in many KSC productions, including Urinetown, Crimes of the Heart, Agamemnon, Starting Here Starting Now, and The Rolling Collection.

Hayley Luoma (‘09) of Keene, N.H., is playing the roles of the mistress, Pam, and Popo Martin. She has also appeared in Crimes of the Heart at Keene State and in the Keene Lions Club production of Oliver.

Liz Panneton (‘09) of Merrimack, N.H., is a theatre major and portrays the wife, Phyllis. She has also appeared in such KSC productions as The Children’s Hour, Agamemnon, and The Rimers of Eldritch. She has been nominated for the American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting award and is the recipient of the Redfern Arts Prize.

Greg Parker (‘10) of Wolfeboro, N.H., plays the husband, Howard, and Dr. Nestor. Parker has appeared in other KSC productions, including A Frenzy for Two or More and The Hothouse, and in Wolfeboro with the Village Players in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He is a history major with a theatre minor.

Taylor Woolmington (‘09) of North Providence, R.I., is stage manager for the production. A theatre major, she has acted as stage manager in KSC’s The Rolling Collection, as well as for several productions at Rhode Island College.

Chris Bell (‘11) of Higganum, Conn., is designing sound for the production, and Alex Trombly (‘11) of Swanzey, N.H., is assistant technical director.

KSC professor of Theatre and Dance Cèline Perron is designing sets and lighting. Elisabeth Roos, associate professor for Theatre and Dance, is costume designer for the production. Craig Lindsay, faculty member of the Theatre and Dance department, is technical director.

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