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Joliet Junior College readying for Fine Arts production

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Local students are among Joliet Junior College's cast and crew who will be presenting “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" in October. (Photo courtesy of Joliet Junior College)

Community members are invited to the Joliet Junior College’s fine arts production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a play written by Alan Ball and directed by Clay Kirkland.

The play, which has four area students in its cast and crew, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 to 5 and Oct. 9 to 12 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 6 and 12 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 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 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, Brittany Peterson of Newark, Autumn Frykholm of Joliet, Rebecca Logan of Joliet, Karen Hart of New Lenox, Nicholas Pappas of Plainfield and Seamus Wray of Manhattan.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors; 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.

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