Schultz Shares '5 Women' Program Notes

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 8:10am

Director Heather Schultz shares the notes she contributed to the program for Five Women Wearing the Same Dressthe Curtain Players production on the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse stage February 10-26.

Five Women, written by Alan Ball, takes place during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids are hiding 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.

NOTE: Five Women is recommended for mature audiences because of the script’s strong language, adult humor and situations.

Tickets for Five Women are available on this website. Click here. Performances are 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays February 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25; and 2 PM Sundays February 19 and 26.

Schultz writes:

You are about to meet six new friends.

Or perhaps it is more appropriate to say, you are about to become reacquainted with six friends, for all of us know or have known a Frances, Trisha, Mindy, Meredith, Georgeanne, and Tripp at one time.

These flawed individuals with emotional baggage, bad habits, occasional rough language, and hearts of gold have gathered together to survive one event, a wedding reception. What they find at the end of the day is that they have a common bond, a thread of truth, a love of life, and a spirit of sisterhood that will be with them far after this day ends. And though the baggage, bad habits, and rough language will still be there, the load is lighter having shared the day.

And this is what I love about Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball. It is bawdy, irreverent, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful. It is a glorious demon­stration that we are all in this together. The characters are unapologetic. And I adore them. Give them a chance and you will love them also, despite their flaws.