ETSU Theater to present ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

East Tennessee State University’s Department of Communication and Performance will present the hilarious comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” Tuesday-Saturday, Feb. 21-25, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. Performances will be in the ETSU Campus Center Building in Studio 205.

five-final1-jpgWritten by Alan Ball and set in Knoxville, “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” tells the story of five very different bridesmaids who find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom at a newly married couple’s overdone wedding reception. Soon, the five bridesmaids learn they all have a mutual disdain for the bride, Tracy.

Through discussions of life, love, sex, drugs, religion, marriage, what it means to be a woman, and the horror of their bridesmaid dresses, they come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than they do with the bride.

The wedding party includes Georgeanne, a high school friend whose marriage is falling apart; Meredith, the bride’s rebellious sister; Trisha, a jaded beauty who has her doubts about men; Frances, a sweet extreme fundamentalist Christian cousin; Mindy, a blunt, good-hearted lesbian who is the sister of the groom; and Tripp, the extremely handsome and fun-loving cousin of Mindy who takes notice of Trisha.

The cast includes ETSU students Audrey Hammonds, Reagan James, Caroline Denning, Courtney Spencer, Angel Thacker and Francisco Rodriquez.

Directed by ETSU faculty member Bobby Funk, the crew includes James Maines as stage manager, Erin Teaster as assistant stage manager, Evin McQuistion as carpenter, Claire Johnston as wardrobe assistant, Ryan Stapleton as lighting technician and Keith Maultbay as audio technician.

The production team is comprised of Grace Arrowood as scenic designer, Melissa Shafer as lighting designer, Elisabeth Bell as costume designer, Mary Katherine Smith as hair/makeup designer, Zach Olsen as technical director, Beth Skinner as costume shop supervisor and Karen Brewster and Delbert Hall as design advisors.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” contains adult themes and strong language. The show is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Tickets are $5 for students, faculty and staff (with ID) and $10 for general admission.

For more information, call 423-439-6524, or to purchase tickets online, visit