A laugh-out-loud hilarious play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten will open CTC’s 35th season September 20. Story by Gloria Anderson for CTC
We are very excited to present a play as touching, and laugh-out-loud hilarious as this one for our opening to this milestone season.
Five Southern women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.
Juliah Rae, a veteran director and actor with CTC is at the helm of this show. Asked what drew her to want to direct this particular play she shared that she had been eyeing this project at another theater group in town about a year ago, but right before she was supposed to begin, they closed. She also said ”…the play is so lovely and poignant and not traditionally linear. We watch these ladies change over five years.”
The characters are so wonderfully different, and yet they are bound together by this very unique friendship that never dies. I wondered what Juliah, as the director would like the audience to take away with them as they leave the theatre. Mainly she just hopes that people will walk away with a wonderful and full experience. To feel that perhaps on some level each viewer can see something of themselves in one or more of the characters.
Even though the play is very, very funny, there is an incredible amount of depth to the story. That comes, in part, to how real these characters develop over the course of the play. The story deals with spousal abuse, an unwed mother, vanity, problems with aging and the enduring power of teamwork.
As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce) that life flings at them.
The show opens on Friday September 20 with a Gala Opening Night Reception. A preview night will be Thursday September 19. It runs until Saturday October 5. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30pm.