William Peace Theatre is presenting the comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” this weekend through the University’s theater department. The play is written by Alan Ball, who wrote the screenplay for the award-winning movie “American Beauty” and created the HBO series “True Blood.”
"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" is about five bridesmaids in a 1990 wedding in Tennessee who are hiding from the wedding reception. The women, though different in age and socioeconomic status, bond over their shared dislike of the bride. Director Amy White said the comedy is “a combination of ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Bridesmaids.'"
The play stars six undergraduate students at William Peace University — five women and one man. White said she cherished rehearsal times, as she believes that women are goofier and less guarded when only in the presence of other women.
The department chose to perform this play months before the Time's Up campaign in Hollywood. The creation of the "Me Too" movement since then has made the play's themes of gender more relevant to the theater community.
White also said the only difficulty the team encountered while producing the play has been the dresses themselves, which are poofy lilac monstrosities with butterflies sewn on, complete with matching hats.