Monty’ more than nudity

Brady Mallory

Brady Mallory

Countless individuals have joked about embarking on a stripping career when they’re short on cash.

This joke is nothing to laugh about in the stage play “The Full Monty.” Written by Terrence McNally, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, the show depicts six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., who are in need of some quick cash.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in Doner Auditorium, the SDSU theatre department will feature “The Full Monty” as its fall musical.

Beyond the descriptive title, the subject matter of the play is as raw, revealed and real as the naked actors who portray the characters. Known for its outrageous comedy and exposed men, the real heart of the play is sometimes lost.

“It is so much more than nudity. It is not about six guys naked on stage,” said sophomore Wes Haskell, who plays Ethan. “It is about desperation and what people will do to survive. For instance, one character does it so he can pay his child support.”

“The Full Monty” also deals with obesity, homosexuality, bigotry and the friendships needed to get past fears and doubts. Stripper or not, one can relate to the core focus of this story.

Director Ray Peterson agrees.

“Theatre mirrors life and this play brings reality to the front,” Peterson points out. “We chose this play because every year we try to bring something new, different and challenging.”

With the buzz that is surrounding this show, Peterson feels it will be a huge draw at SDSU. Stage manager Geoff Nixon believes the SDSU interpretation of the show will achieve the success it had on Broadway and promises “a finale that is unforgettable.”

Tickets go on sale on Nov. 20 at the SDSU box office. Show times are 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.