FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS
By Alan Ball
Directed by Jill Clough
During an ostentatious wedding reception at a wealthy Tennessee home, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. 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. Set in 1990s Knoxville, this comedy reveals five relatable, powerful, vulnerable women (and one man!) as they laugh, boast, squirm and cry over sex, drugs, AIDS, sexual predation, religion and more.
An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing. “…[a] wonderfully entertaining play…” —NY Post.
“Ball has the comic writer’s requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.” —TheaterWeek.
Friday, April 29, 6-9pm
Saturday, April 30, 11-2pm
First Universalist Church of Barnard
6211 Rt 12, Barnard, VT
June 24 – July 3
Outdoors at Feast & Field in Barnard
Trisha – (early 30s) True southern belle but hardened by life. She reads the room, says it like it is, and is the ringleader of the group.
Meredith – (early 20s) Angsty, edgy younger sister of the bride who has very much felt in the shadow of her “perfect” older sister.
Georgeanne – (early 30s) Lost and acting out. Her self-esteem is tied with men who don’t deserve her, and she is devastated over her failed marriage.
Mindy – (mid to late 30s) The talked-about lesbian sister of the groom. Famously clumsy, but straightforward, witty and passionate.
Frances – (early 20s) A sheltered, fundamentalist Christian whose beliefs are challenged during the show.
Tripp – (late 20s) Genuinely nice guy who likes to have fun, as described by Trisha: “he’s got that look that makes you feel like you’re at a boring party and you and he are the only ones with drugs.”
Casting will include age and gender flexibility.
Please arrive at the beginning time of your chosen audition date.
Auditions will be done in a group setting and will include reading scenes from the script with other actors and possible short monologues, all of which will be provided upon arrival at the auditions. Please be acquainted with the play and characters.
Rehearsals begin first week of May and will be 2-3x a week to start, possibly more in June. Early rehearsal location will accommodate convenience for the cast, as possible. We will rehearse onsite in Barnard as soon as weather allows.
Sign-up for Auditions HERE!
About the Director
Jill Clough moved to the Upper Valley at the start of the pandemic and found a theater home with BarnArts, first performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer and most recently stage managing A Streetcar Named Desire. Her Directing Credits include Lizards… By Megan Mostyn Brown at SUNY Fredonia, High School Musical: Live On Stage! and Assistant Directing Wind and the Willows with Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance in New York City.
Questions? Contact us!