‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Sets Stage Debut In Geffen Revival Of Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’

Chrissy Metz, a key ensemble player in NBC’s popular series This Is Us, will make her stage debut this spring in a Geffen Playhouse revival of Neil LaBute’s disturbing 2004 drama Fat Pig.

The production will replace LaBute’s The Way We Get By, with preview performances beginning May 16 and opening night May 23. The production closes Sunday, June 24. Additional casting will be announced.

The play follows what happens when a young man falls in love with a smart, sexy, beautiful woman who also happens to be big, much to the amusement, and then chagrin, of his snobby social circle. Originally presented by New York’s MCC Theatre, Fat Pig was seen at the Geffen in 2007. The new production, with a revised script and a new ending, was unveiled last March, when Metz appeared in MCC’s one-night-only benefit reading under LaBute’s direction.

Jo Bonney, who helmed the Off-Broadway production in 2004 and the Geffen’s 2007 production, will direct.

“Not long after Fat Pig’s extended run at the Geffen, I decided to expand the play to include another office scene and a varied take on the ending,” LaBute says. “Both of these additions give new voice to the female characters in particular, yet I have never allowed the material to be added to a production until now. I have waited for a revival that excited me and that I could be an intimate part of, and I’ve now found that opportunity in the return of this play to its Los Angeles home.”