This is How it Goes

By Neil Labute

Directed by Ami Sallee

Jan. 25 – Feb. 11, 2007

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

The southeastern US premiere!

The black jock, the fat dork and the white cheerleader – 12 years later. In true Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, Fat Pig, In the Company of Men) fashion, 45-degree turns run rampant, keeping both the audience and characters on their toes. He targets small town middle America for a new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity through the story of an interracial love triangle.

Belinda and Cody Phipps are a typical Midwestern couple: teenage sweethearts, children, luxurious home. Typical… except Cody is “rich, black and different,” according to Belinda, who is white and becomes attracted to a former classmate (Ryan McCarthy) who is also white and acts as the show’s untrustworthy narrator.

As the men battle for her affections, Belinda and Cody frankly doubt the foundation of their initial attraction, opening the door wide to a swath of bigotry and betrayal. Staged on continually shifting moral ground that challenges our notions about gender, ethnicity and even love itself, This Is How It Goes fearlessly explores the myriad ways in which the wild card of race is played by both black and white in America.

Neil LaBute is the first dramatist since David Mamet and Sam Shepard – since Edward Albee, actually – to mix sympathy and savagery, pathos and power.

LaBute [is] our American Aesop, a mad moral fabulist serving stiff tonic for our country's sin – sick souls.

(L-R) Ryan McCarthy, David Dolphy and Heather Scheffel in Jobsite's This is How it Goes.



Art in Your Ear WMNF 88.5 FM – Feb. 2, 2007 (begins around 10:00) – direct linkWMNF Archive

Cast & Crew

  • Ami Sallee – Director
  • Erica Porch – Stage Manager


  • David Dolphy – Cody
  • Ryan McCarthy – Man
  • Heather Scheffel – Woman


  • Christen Hailey – Costume Designer
  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer

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