FAT PIG Names its Star: Heather Jane Rolff Joins Stiles, Cook & Hamilton on Broadway
Heather Jane Rolff will make her Broadway play debut in the pivotal role of ‘Helen' alongside comedy superstar and actor Dane Cook, stage, film, and television actor Josh Hamilton and stage and screen star Julia Stiles this spring, completing the cast for the first Broadway production of Neil LaBute's FAT PIG at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). LaBute will make his Broadway directorial debut with the play, which begins performances Tuesday, April 12, 2011 for an official opening night of Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
"It's really wonderful to have a great actress like Julia Stiles join this company, along with our discovery of a terrific new romantic-comedienne in Heather Jane Rolff," said playwright-director Neil LaBute. "Both women will be the perfect addition to an already fantastic cast. I couldn't be happier."
Heather Jane Rolff comes to FAT PIG from the national tour of Les Miserables. She was previously on Broadway as part of the original cast of Shrek the Musical. She's performed off Broadway in Wanda's World, at the Sacramento Music Circus in Oklahoma!, and provided voice to several shows on the Cartoon Network.
The design team for FAT PIG will include scenic designer Neil Patel (Wonderland, ‘Night Mother) and lighting designer David Weiner (Reasons To Be Pretty, The Real Thing). Additional design team members, playing schedule, and ticket information will be announced shortly.
LaBute's razor-sharp comedy tells the story of Tom (Hamilton), a very eligible bachelor who falls for the beautiful, bright and plus-sized Helen (Rolff). Tom is overjoyed with his new relationship but his shallow co-workers are less enthusiastic. Tom shrugs off their objections but eventually the cruel jabs of his acerbic friend Carter (Cook) and Jeannie (Stiles), a former flame, force him to question his own values and the importance of conventional good looks. The bitingly funny FAT PIG is Neil LaBute's candid and unapologetic depiction of our obsession with image and cookie cutter beauty.
FAT PIG will be produced on Broadway by Heather Provost and Aldo Scrofani.