ABOUT THE PLAY

What We Look Like came about after several honest conversations all on the same topic: why do all love stories always LOOK the same? Doesn't love take as many shapes as we do as humans? If so, who is going to tell another kind of love story? This became our mission.

We wanted a story that tested the boundaries of conventional love stories: a story that spoke in real language about what it's really like to date outside societal expectations. Using real life dialogue seen and heard around New York City, we created characters who could give a voice (from every angle) to this issue. The big question we want to ask with our play is: does embracing your true and honest chance at love come second to giving in to societal pressure?

While our story is played out in a same sex relationship, there is a real universality to the themes of body image and fat shaming in the modern dating world. We challenge you to honestly ask yourself: How important do you think body type is when it comes to falling in love?


SYNOPSIS

What We Look Like is the story of Jesse and Adam, two people who fall in love. But it's not only about Jesse and Adam. It's also the story of Jesse: of how a person deemed "fat" by their community lives, works, and is seen by the world he lives in. Because Jesse and Adam's relationship isn't just about them. It's about how the pressures from the people in your lives, and your community, can affect a relationship. When Adam's circle of people begins to question Jesse's worth to Adam, it makes that same doubt suddenly start to grow in Adam's mind. 

Ultimately the question becomes: how much of falling in love is shaped by what we look like?