Everyone come to the play.
For all you college kids reading, there’s sex and drugs and rock and roll, partial nudity of a very scandalous sort, and women behaving badly.
For all you grown ups out there, the show is a provocative think piece on the duality of female relationships and the connection we have with our former selves after the duration of our formative years.
And also sex and drugs and rock and roll.
I am so serious right now.
Come. To. The. Play.
For the last two months, literally since the second week school started, I have been rehearsing for four hours every night, Monday through Thursday, rain or shine or overloaded by homework. Last weekend, instead of partying like a wild animal to celebrate my 21st birthday, I controlled myself and partied instead like a docile house cat so that I could make it to the first of two twelve hour tech rehearsals without a monstrous hangover. This was my sacrifice, which I committed willingly, because I frick-fracking love the theatre and I am so super proud of this show.
COME TO THE PLAY!
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, written by the saucy Alan Ball (a name you might recognize as the writer of the TV Shows True Blood, Six Feet Under, and the film American Beauty) and directed by the ridiculously talented Tracy Sunderland, is a wickedly funny play about five sassy ladies forced to be bridesmaids for a women they all collectively despise. I originally read the show last year in my Play Reading and Discussion class, and I laughed my butt off the whole way through. When they announced that we would be performing it as our Fall show, I freaked out. I haven’t wanted to be a part of a show so intensely since my Freshman year. When I found out I’d been cast as Georgeanne, the lovesick, drunk disaster that she is, I could have floated away on a cloud of happy feelings and never been seen again, that was how blissful I was.
Since I’m a Theatre Major, it goes without saying I’ve been in a fair few shows, and all of them are special in their own way, but I’ve gotta say that this show was very different from anything I’ve ever been involved with in the past. For one thing, Tracy is an incredibly supportive and freeing director to work with, she constantly encouraged all of us actors to try new things and take chances with our characters, which was such a blessing and so much fun. I never felt bad about any of the mistakes I made while on stage, because she always made it clear that she understood that trying new things with our characters, even if they landed disastrously, was something she was excited to see us doing. Every rehearsal has been a little bit different, which has kept the four-hour process of going through our scenes exciting and fresh, which trust me, does not always happen.
Another cool thing about this show is the script itself. It has such excellent writing; I can hardly describe how much more entertaining it is to act in a show that is in itself effortlessly interesting. The characters are rich with attitude and personality, they’re fun to play, the ridiculous positions they put themselves in are interesting to act out, and overall the script just really lent itself to be expanded on. I’ve hardly had to struggle with the meaning behind the lines because they were always so natural and unforced, and each characters interaction has been very organic and chewy and fun.
Finally, this cast. This cast. THIS CAST. THIS CAST KICKS BOOTY. Five women, as you can imagine, and all of them are awesome ladies who bring everything they have to the table each night, all whilst keeping a good attitude and making the conscientious decision to have fun (even though we’ve run the scene five thousand times and there’s a paper to write after we get out of here). We also have a special male guest who is great to work with as well. Sometimes all it takes to ruin a perfectly great show experience is one difficult person to work with, so I am so grateful to have worked with this cast. Hailee Lenhart Wees is a treasure chest of hilarity, Ellen Campbell is a gorgeous vision, Monica Aguilar is a blast and a half and Leslie Anderson never fails to amaze me with her character work. Freshman Andres Maldanado, the only boy in our assembly of ladies, was someone I was happy about working with again, since we used to go to high school together and we worked in the theatre department there for years. I’ve made some amazing memories with this batch of ladies and lone gent, and I’m so glad we’ve all had the chance to work on this show together.
Working on a show is much more intense than most people would imagine, and everyone involved, tech workers and actors alike, have sunk countless hours into creating the best version of this play we possibly could. I am so proud to be a part of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and to have been allowed the privilege of working with this great group of people. Every Yote on campus should come support this show over the course of the next few weeks. YoteFam isn’t just for our sport steams (no matter how important they are), it’s for our performing artists as well! So please come out and be a part of the experience with us, we’ll make it worth your while!