This week, The Lantern Theatre will present "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" by Alan Ball, a dark comedy which portrays the moments of five bridesmaids following their friend’s wedding.
Director, Liz Parker of Conway, remembered 25 years ago when she first saw the show. Parker expressed that the show tackled dark events in the lives of five women. Themes such as abuse, drugs and bad boyfriends riddle the show, but are presented in a comedic fashion. "Some moments in life you need a good laugh to keep from crying," said Claire Wilkinson, actress in the production.
The cast includes Heather Hooten, Claire Wilkinson, Ashley Carnahan, Jordyn Daniels, Elizabeth Williams, and the one male of the show, Schley Carter. The group has been in their final week of rehearsal and things are "beginning to evolve," said Parker.
Parker explained that she has loved her work as a director. She discussed that as a director she has the joy of taking a 2-D world and making it a reality in a 3-D existence. "I start with an idea of how the show will go and how the characters will be. Then the actors take over and ideas evolve as they figure out who the character really is," said Parker.
"Georgeanne is the only married character in the play besides the bride. She is a loose cannon, unhappy in her marriage and feels trapped. She has a young son and is in the middle of a life crisis, which has led to a disintegration of her, previously taught values. The courage to go on which has led to her dramatic personality," explained Wilkinson.
"Due to some content the play is recommended for ages 18 and older," said the Lantern site.
Tickets will be $12 and tickets are available by emailing ConwayLanternTheatre@gmail.com
The play debuts this Friday April 18. The Schedule is as follows: April 18-19 and 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lantern Theatre, 1021 Van Ronkle in downtown Conway.