Piece addresses memories through clothing

Joshua Willis, Campus Carrier Staff Reporter

The Berry College Fine Arts Department and Berry College Theatre Company Theatre Worth Doing presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”  The staged reading will run March 21-23 in Krannert Underground with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and matinees Sunday at 2 p.m.

Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, “Love, Loss and What I Wore addresses the importance of clothes and the wide arrange of meanings and emotions they hold for women. Consisting of monologues and pieces delivered by an ensemble cast, the play touches upon societal expectations of women, motherhood, boots, third wave feminism, Madonna and much more.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” centers on Gingy (alternatively played by guest actresses Katherine Powell, Carol Story and Virginia McChesney), a woman who reminisces about the outfits and people in her life. Dressed in all black, the rest of the cast intersperses her story with various vignettes. Some of these, like the passionate tirade against the purse by Nora (sophomore Heather Pharis), are hilarious, while others, such as the story of cancer survival delivered by Geralyn (freshman Nacy Waits), are extremely moving. Regardless of the subject, the talented cast is able to reveal the humanity and strength of the women behind the clothes.

                                                                                     Brad Tilka, staff photojournalist 
Meranda Flack (left) and freshman Emilee Burroughs (right) rehearse their scripts the
night before the opening show.  The play will be in Krannert Underground at 7:30 on
March 21 and 22 as well as 2 pm on March 23.  Admission is $5.

For Waits, her first production with BCTC has been a positive and informative experience.

“My first Berry play has been a really good experience with people I did not know before rehearsals,” Waits said. “I got the chance to know great, real women as well as the characters in the play.”

Wait’s favorite monologue to perform is that of Geralyn because of her ability to emphasize with the character.

“I really enjoy performing Geralyn because in high school I had a cancerous cyst,” Waits said. “I also love lipstick, so I am able to relate with her on many levels.”

Freshman Sophia Brommet also enjoyed working with the cast.

“[Love, Loss and What I Wore] has been a lot of fun,” said Brommet. “In a short amount of time, I was able to get to know a really good group of girls. This makes [the experience] really comfortable.”

Brommet feels the play is appealing to a wide audience.

“I think the play is important because, though it addressed a wide array of topics for women, it is still fun for everyone,” said Brommet.

Sophomore Gabby Guevara also felt the play is very applicable to many people.

“The show is awesome because it focuses on a lot of issues everyone, but especially women, can relate to,” Guevara. “There is a lot of honesty in it. Everyone should see it.”

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