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BORN FAT! The big, fat, incredibly true, funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of Elizabeth Petruccione. "ABSOLUTELY INSPIRATIONAL!" says The Waterbury Republican-American. "Elizabeth Anne, you were born fat!" With these words, spoken by her mother, Elizabeth is off and running on a lifetime of fad-diets, crashing weight loss, crushing failures, and binge eating. This solo show is small in scope, but enormously relevant in a world struggling with body image issues, eating disorders, and an obesity epidemic. Come be inspired!

Who's Who

PLAYWRIGHT: Jacques Lamarre
PRODUCER: Lisa Giordano
DIRECTOR: Susan Hackett

Elizabeth: April Woodall *

* Member of Actors Equity

Jacques Lamarre
photo of Jacques Lamarre with face in right handPlaywright: Jacques Lamarre is delighted to return to Emerson Theatre Collaborative, the company that premiered his first full-length play, Gray Matters, that also starred the amazing April Woodall. That production debuted at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC and was subsequently remounted in Mystic and Hartford, CT. Born Fat was workshopped at the Unitarian Meeting House in Hartford with subsequent readings at Little Theatre of Manchester and HartBeat Ensemble. The play received its first production at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and 7 Angels Theatre in Waterbury. Jacques' other plays include I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; Mystic's Christmas Conniption for Mystic Seaport; Raging Skillet; Honey LaBrea - The Lonely Thetan; The Wedding Binder; Colonel Sellers: Reanimator; Pierce; The Clowns; Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far, and many others. He is a contributor to TheaterWorks Hartford's annual Christmas tradition Christmas on the Rocks and co-writer for fourteen shows, a film and two Fleet enema commercials for drag superstar Varla Jean Merman.

Elizabeth Petruccione
Elizabeth Petruccione  portraitAuthor: Elizabeth Petruccione, owner and operator of losing weight with Elizabeth, has authored two books on losing weight:you were born fat and losing weight with Elizabeth,the handbook. She lectures throughout the state on weight loss and personal aspirations and gains Her mantra don't diet edit regarding weight loss has been an effective and inspirational tool for many Elizabeth resides in Waterbury with her husband Paul.

Lisa Giordano
Lisa Giordano photoProducer: Lisa Giordano is a playwright, producer, director, and visual artist. She is a co-founder and board member of Emerson Theater Collaborative and board member of Writers Block, Ink. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, and her plays have been performed regionally and received honors nationally. She is a founding coordinator of the Annual New London Youth Talent Show, and the founder of the Women's Leadership Forum of Southeastern CT. Ms. Giordano serves on the board of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and is a member of the Southeastern Connecticut Women's Network. As a visual artist, Ms Giordano has focused on American Impressionism, and her works have been exhibited in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Susan Hackett
Susan Hackett Photo Director: Susan Hackett is an actor/singer/director and is pleased to be joining ETC as director for "Born Fat." She appeared last year in ETC's staged reading of "Prudence." Susan also co-created the MAC Award losing cabaret "The Blonde Leading the Blonde," which she and her partner-in-blondeness performed for several years in New York. She hopes you are inspired by "Born Fat" enough to find your set of stairs to climb.