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UW Theatre and Dance Presents 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'


September 24, 2013 — A bevy of bridesmaids runs riot during Alan Ball’s wedding reception in “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 1-5, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 6, at the University of Wyoming’s Buchanan Center for Performing  Arts Studio Theatre.

Tickets cost $14 for the public, $11 for senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Wyoming Union and Performing Arts box offices. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts. “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” contains language and themes, as well as brief nudity, that some may find objectionable.

Leigh Selting, head of the UW Department of Theatre and Dance, directs the production. “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” written by Ball, award-winning screenwriter of “American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” follows five reluctant bridesmaids as they hide out upstairs in the bride’s old bedroom, each having reasons for escaping.

Frances, the bride’s painfully sweet cousin, is excited to be in the wedding of the century, but is inhibited by her sheltered upbringing. Meredith, the bride’s rebellious younger sister, finds the whole affair nauseating.

Queen of lonely hearts, Georgeanne, tries to mend her heartbreak by behaving badly. Mindy, the groom’s plain-spoken and cheerful lesbian sister, wants to stay out of the bride’s mother’s way. Jaded beauty Trisha desperately wants to duck out of the reception, where she has dated half of the men present, but is intrigued by bad-boy usher Tripp, who has more depth than she imagined.

As the afternoon wears on and the girl talk gets real, these five different women discover that they have much more in common with each other than they do with the bride.

For more information, contact Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email kirisk@uwyo.edu.

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