Community members are invited to the JJC Fine Arts production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”, a play written by Alan Ball and directed by Clay Kirkland. The play will be presented Oct. 3-5 and 9-12 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 5, 6 and 12 at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre (K-1001) on JJC’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
During an over-the-top wedding reception at the bride’s family home, five reluctant bridesmaids seek to escape the festivities by hiding in an upstairs bedroom. As each reveals her reason for avoiding the reception, these very different women share secrets and develop an uplifting, healing camaraderie. This poignant yet wickedly funny script is from the pen of Alan Ball, creator of the celebrated television series “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under” and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “American Beauty.”
“I directed ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ about 18 or 19 years ago,” Kirkland said. “I really like the script, and it was one of the best-received productions during my nine years there. With its small cast and single set, it is a perfect show for our Black Box Theatre.”
“I think audience members will easily connect with at least one character in the play and relate to some of the situations,” he added. “I expect audiences to really enjoy this show and laugh a lot.”
Kirkland also noted that the play is a bit provocative and warned that it is not for children, as it contains adult language and situations.
The production is stage managed by Richard Isemonger of Minooka and assisted by Danielle Burke of Shorewood. This production features:
– Priya Bond of Shorewood
– Autumn Frykholm of Joliet
– Rebecca Logan of Joliet
– Karen Hart of New Lenox
– Brittany Peterson of Newark
– Nicholas Pappas of Plainfield
– Seamus Wray of Manhattan
Tickets are $8 for the general public, $5 for seniors, and additional discounts are available for JJC faculty, staff and all students. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at (815) 280-2200. Visa, Master Card and Discover are accepted in addition to cash and checks.
Additionally, as part of an ongoing community service initiative, audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which can be exchanged for items at the concession stand. All contributions will be donated to area shelters.