Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
March 24 - April 2, 2017



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If this play were a film it would be Rated R for language.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
"THE STORY: During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit."
An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing. "…[a] wonderfully entertaining play…" —NY Post. 
"FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be…" —NY Daily News. 
"Ball has the comic writer's requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage." —TheaterWeek.
--Dramatist Play Service, Inc.
 
Cast Production Team:
Sarah Williams as Meredith
Natilly Hovda as Frances
Brandi Larson as Mindy
Meghan Fowler as Trisha
Jill Shipman as Georgeanne
Jared Olin as Tripp
Director: Carrie Baker
Set Designer: Kade Mendelowitz
Costume Designer: Amanda Casterline
Lighting Designer: Colby Freel
Sound Designer: Andrew Cassel
Technical Director: Adam Gillette
Assistant Director/ Understudy: Nancy Nguyen
Stage Manager: Emily Ross

The Playwright
“Alan Ball’s plays include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (world premiere at MCC) and All That Will Ever Be (originally produced at the New York Theatre Workshop). His first film was American Beauty, which was directed by Sam Mendes and won an Oscar for his screenplay. Ball’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning Six Feet Under ran for five hit seasons on HBO, garnering record-breaking ratings and critical acclaim throughout its run. His show True Blood had seven seasons on HBO and he is prepping The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.” -Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Director
This semester’s production is directed by Theatre & Film Department Chair, Carrie Baker, the creative force behind Theatre UAF’s Stop Kiss (2015), Speech & Debate (2013), How I Learned to Drive (2009), and The Laramie Project (2008). This is her 7th Theatre UAF production as director since becoming a faculty member in 2005. Carrie has also directed for Opera Fairbanks, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Carrie is a stage and film actor (Actors’ Equity Association & Screen Actors Guild member), most recently seen as Sadness in Theatre UAF’s The Ash Girl and as Mary in the Hollywood feature film Mining for Ruby.

From Theatre UAF's upcoming production of "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball, Directed by Carrie Baker featuring (l-r) Brandi Larson, Jill Shipman, Jared Olin, Meghan Fowler, Sarah Williams and Natilly Hovda.From Theatre UAF's upcoming production of "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball, Directed by Carrie Baker featuring (l-r) Brandi Larson, Jill Shipman, Jared Olin, Meghan Fowler, Sarah Williams and Natilly Hovda.

The Cast
Our talented cast is comprised of newcomers to the Theatre UAF stage and performance veterans alike. Freshman Natilly Hovda plays Frances, “a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist.” You may have seen Natilly’s acting in SDA’s 2016 Winter Shorts in The Stephen King Cameo. Theatre major Brandi Larson plays Mindy, “the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom.” Brandi was last seen at Theatre UAF in the Spring 2016 production of Closer. Geologist & filmmaker Jill Shipman plays Georgeanne, “whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior.” Jill is involved in both the performing arts and scientific communities in Fairbanks and is interested in exploring the intersections between art and science. Sarah Williams plays Meredith, “the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret.” Sarah Williams is a freshman Film and Performing Arts major and was last seen in the fall 2016 Winter Shorts production of Winter Conversation by Nancy Nguyen. Freshman Meghan Fowler plays Trisha, “a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question.” Meghan hails from North Pole where audience members may recognize her as Morticia Adams from last year’s High School production of The Adams Family Musical. Jared Olin has the distinction of playing the only male role, Tripp, “a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye.” Jared is a UAF Film and Performing Arts major who has been seen in many UAF Film Club movies.

The Design Team
Leading our production team is set designer, UAF Professor Kade Mendelowitz (Stop Kiss, Les Miserables) with UAF Staff and Alumni Adam Gillette working as our Technical Director. Theatre major Colby Freel is the Lighting Designer on the production with Sound Design provided by guest artist and frequent collaborator Andrew Cassel. Costume construction supervisor for the show is UAF’s costume shop manager, Jerene Mosier, whose costume artistry has been seen in Theatre UAF productions going back to 2008. 
Graduating Theatre major Amanda “Mandy” Casterline is Costume Designer for this production, designing for Theatre UAF’s main-stage for a second time. She designed costumes for the Spring 2016 main-stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Rebecca George. The Department of Theatre & Film is excited to announce Amanda Casterline as our student of the year and congratulate her on her upcoming graduation!

Performances:
  • Friday, March 24 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 25 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 26 @ 2:00pm 
  • Friday, March 31 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm

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Cost:                      Advanced purchase:
                                               $10 students
                                               $15 seniors/ military/ UAF
                                               $20 adults
                                               Sunday Matinees: save $2
* For tickets purchased at the door, an additional $2 service fee is added.
Tickets are also available by calling the Box Office at 474-7751.


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