Cultural ideas of beauty will be examined when Limestone College Theatre presents the play “Reasons To Be Pretty” during three performances Oct. 17-19.

The production is being directed by Dr. Timothy Baxter-Ferguson, the Theatre Department Chair, who is also a Professor of Theatre and English at Limestone College.

“Reasons To Be Pretty” is a Broadway play by Neil LaBute. The plot centers on four young working class friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and each other. The Broadway production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including “Best Play.”

The Limestone cast includes Anna Grace Bradford as “Carly,” Lauren Finney as “Steph,” Bryan Long as “Greg,” and Matthew Smith as “Kent.”

Limestone College Theatre is located at 130 Leadmine Street in Gaffney. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65-over, $6 for students with an ID, and $6 for children 12-under. This production, however, is intended for mature audiences only. Limestone College students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with proper identification. Advance tickets are available at

Show-time each evening is at 7:30.

Bradford is a junior theatre major. She most recently appeared as Lina Lamont in Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Last year she was Kate Monster in “Avenue Q,” and featured in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Finney is a senior English/theatre major.  She was most recently seen in “Avenue Q” as one the Bad Idea Bears.  She has also been in such varied productions as “White Christmas;” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone;” “Dancing at Lughnasa;” and “A Year With Frog and Toad.”

Long is a senior theatre major. He has been in Limestone’s productions of  “The 39 Steps;” “Avenue Q;””Lend Me a Tenor;” “Much Ado About Nothing;” “The Drowsy Chaperone;” “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll;” “The Rainmaker;” and “Switched.”

Smith is a graduate of the Limestone College theatre program. His past Limestone productions have been “Avenue Q;” “The 39 Steps;” “Lend Me a Tenor;” “The Rope;” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Almost, Maine;” “The Rainmaker;” “Dr. Faustus;” and “Switched.” He also directed “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” in the summer of 2011.

Limestone College is a four-year, liberal arts institution in Gaffney, SC.  Established in 1845, Limestone offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, associate of arts, associate of science, and master of business administration degrees through traditional and non-traditional educational opportunities.