'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' to be staged at Penn State Altoona

"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" will run from Feb. 6 to 8 in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinée Saturday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for regular admission. Parental discretion is advised.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tenn., estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with an excellent reason to avoid the proceedings below. At first glance, each seems a recognizable type – the rebel, the bad girl, the Jesus freak, the lesbian, the perfectionist – but as the afternoon wears on, each will surprise you, the others and even themselves, by becoming much more than meets the eye. As their stories unspool and weave together, they discover common bonds, common enemies and unique possibilities for living out loud. And with a little help from a charming usher, one of these women might even find a new chance for romance.

Said director Caitlin Osborne, “I’ve always loved this play and the characters in it. Warm, wacky and wildly inappropriate – each one speaks to me and my experience growing up as a Southern not-quite-belle. I think I would like to have all five women as my friends, and that makes for a great evening at the theatre. You can really sit down and join the party.”

Tickets may be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, and before and during all performances. Further information may be obtained by calling 814-949-5452 or by visiting the Penn State Altoona website at www.altoona.psu.edu.

Last Updated January 07, 2014