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ASU Theatre to Present Comedy

April 19, 2013

Angelo State University’s theatre program will present the comedy production “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” April 25-28 and May 2-4 in the ASU Modular Theatre.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on April 25-27 and May 2-4, with a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 28.  Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance.  Tickets are $3 for ASU students, $4 for non-ASU students and $8 general admission.  Arts at ASU subscribers will be admitted free.  The Modular Theatre is located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Written by Alan Ball, “Five Women” is set during an ostentatious wedding reception at an estate in Knoxville, Tenn.  The story centers on the five identically dressed bridesmaids as they hide out in one of the estate’s upstairs bedrooms because they are reluctant to join the party, each for her own diverse reason.

The mismatched bridesmaids are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, spinning out of control after suffering heartbreak from her own failed marriage; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister, who masks a dark secret with rebelliousness; and Trisha, whose die-hard cynicism about men is challenged by Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher with more about him than meets the eye.

Despite their very different outlooks on life, the five bridesmaids discover a common bond as the afternoon wears on in this celebration of women’s spirits.

Guest director for the production is Cathryn Sanders, a San Angelo native who has acted and directed in theatres in New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, California and Texas.  She has also performed as a stand-up comedian and a player in several improvisational troupes.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a Master of Fine Arts in performance and pedagogy from Texas Tech University.

ASU student cast members include Chloe Casey as Frances, Magdalena Hogan as Meredith, Jordon Shocklee as Trisha, Morgan Slaughter as Georgeanne, Deborah Valcin as Mindy and Tylor Tennell as Tripp.

Eldra Sanford is the University Theatre costumer and hair and makeup designer; Matt Smith is the technical director and scene and lighting designer; and Jacob Scott is the stage manager.  Others on the production staff include Collyn Glaspie, assistant stage manager; Jordon (Joe) Bell, carpenter and makeup assistant; Martin Rodriguez and Ryder Cornelison, carpenters; Teresa Smith, master electrician and assistant lighting designer; Brooke Addison, charge painter; Cassandra Trautman, wardrobe manager; Magdalena Hogan, master electrician; Jose Villedas, electrician and board operator; Robyn Wiggins, sound technician; Caden Glass, properties manager; and Dr. Bill Doll, producer. 

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” is appropriate for an 18-and-older audience as it contains some mature content and language and mild depictions of marijuana use.

Reservations can be made by calling the ASU box office at 325-942-2000 weekdays from 2-6 p.m.  For more information about the production, call the ASU theatre program at 325-942-2146.