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June 3, 2009

Auditions Announced for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Auditions for Gaslight Theater's third offering, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, to be directed by Bruce Hertz, will be held on June 15 and 16. 6:30 pm, at Hallowell City Hall.

Audition is cold readings.

The two-act comedy calls for five women, ranging in age from early twenties to early thirties, and one man who could be late twenties to early thirties.  The show will be presented at Hallowell City Hall Friday to Sunday, Aug. 14-16 and Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 20-22.  There will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday Aug. 16.  All other shows will be in the evening.

Five Women was written by Alan Ball in 1993, but will be staged in the present.  Ball, the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "American Beauty," and the popular television show, "True Blood," on HBO,portrays an incisive look at relationship customs through the unique perpective of the marriage ritual.  Critics have called Five Women a "fresh as a daisy comedy, funny as can be."

There is partial nudity and adult language in the play.  It is not suitable for children.

The ladies of Five Women are hiding-out bridesmaids trying to escape the heat of a wedding reception.  They have been forced to wear the hideous, embarrasing dresses picked by the bride, which made her look gorgeous and the bridesmaids hideous.

The characters are:

  • Frances, a repressed and sheltered fundamentalist
  • Meredith, the bride's younger sister
  • Trisha, the bride's former best friend
  • Georgeanne, heartbroken by a failing marriage
  • Mindy, the wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom
  • Tripp, a charming usher seeking Trisha's attention

Bruce Hertz is the director.  For more information, contact him at