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Love, Loss, and What I Wore: A Preview

 “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” directed by Duke Guthrie, will be performed for the remainder of the week in the Lab Theatre on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building.

            Written by Nora and Delia Ephron, the show consists of monologues covering topics from women’s relationships to wardrobes.

            “I selected the play based on my search for a relatively new play that had strong roles for women,” Guthrie said. “This play arrived, and I thought it was quite wonderful […] The cast was chosen via audition in April and rehearsals began the first day of class of fall semester.”

            Guthrie believes “theater is a collaborative art form,” and needs several cast and crew members for a perfect production.

            “The show is realized with the assistance of the designers: Asst. Prof Ruth Brandvik (Set); Senior Elie Siegel (Lighting); Senior Patrice Trower (Costumes); Senior Abby Vincent (Stage Manager),” Guthrie said.

            Before selecting “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Guthrie had to read through the play, not to just say he had read it, but to understand it.

            “[T]he actors had to memorize their lines over the summer without having worked on other aspects that sometimes occur in the development of a production before the memorization part,” Guthrie said.

            Luckily, Guthrie said this is the least-expensive show of the season, and consists of seven female actors, one stage manager and one stage technician.

            But the short time-frame the cast and crew were given has been difficult. They began Aug. 13 and rehearsed throughout Labor Day weekend to give them as much time as possible.

            “Watching the show come together [is the most rewarding]; particularly given this production’s short rehearsal period,” Guthrie said. “And watching an audience respond to the play [is rewarding], but we haven’t had an audience, yet. I think the play speaks to issues of importance to women and those who love them.”

            The monologues are from diverse voices of different ages and backgrounds, but Guthrie believes “there is a universally woven within the stories.”

            The run-time for “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is 90 minutes with one intermission and contains mature themes and language. The show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12.

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