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Media Contact: Liz Wooley, wooleyl@uncsa.edu, 336/734-2924




UNCSA to present Academy Award-winning screenwriter
 Alan Ball’s comedy Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
March 3-6

WINSTON-SALEM—In a mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee, an outdoor wedding reception continues to take place as each of the peach-clad bridesmaids disappears from the main event. One by one, the five newly acquainted women take refuge indoors in the bedroom of the bride’s sister. Amidst talks of sex, relationships and the infamous Tommy Valentine, a man described as “walking sex,” the women discover that despite their stark differences, they have more in common with each other than their mutual dislike for the bride. So is the story in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) upcoming production, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, performing March 3rd through 6th in the Patrons Theatre.

Through the play, each of the five women brings a unique perspective to this less-than-desirable situation. The bride’s maid of honor and younger sister, Meredith, is a 22-year-old rebel who would rather get high in the privacy of her room than celebrate her sister’s nuptials. Frances is a sweet-faced young woman whose firm religious upbringing is juxtaposed against the quirky personality of Mindy, a lesbian. Trisha is a striking and glamorous woman whose confidence contrasts with Georgeanne’s insecurities about her body, marriage and love life. The play contains adult language and material, and partial nudity.


Photo by Allen Aycock

With the exception of Frances (Far left, Aila Peck), the ladies (from left: Mackenzie Hancock as Trisha, Mary Beth Stanford as Mindy, Emily Ussery as Meredith and Kacie Brown as Georgeanne) wonder why in the world they ever agreed to be bridesmaids in UNCSA’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress playing March 3-6.

Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (“American Beauty”, “Six Feet Under”, “True Blood”), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress highlights the female experience in a way that is light and humorous, yet dark and sobering at the same time. Directed by School of Drama faculty member Matt Bulluck, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress will feature Drama college juniors and seniors (members of Studios III & IV).

Performances will be March 3-5 at 8 p.m. and March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. at the Patrons Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available through the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 or online at www.uncsa.edu/performances.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.


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