Generic Theater presents Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore March 4-20 at The Players’ Ring. The play, based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman, looks at women and clothes — and the memories clothes can trigger. Many women experience great ties to articles of clothing which help to define and shape them as people. Beckerman’s memoir inspired the Ephrons to interview women all over the country, collecting stories about shirts, shoes, bras, boots, dresses, outfits, handbags, and the like, and the joys and trials they bring. The Ephrons shaped the material into a combination of monologues, scenes, and “clothesline” scenes, with many voices.
To bring out this choral quality, director Helen Brock has cast women of various ages and types to show the universality of their situations. Typically the play is performed as a reading by five women on stools, but Brock’s rendition will be fully staged by a cast of eight. The actresses include actresses familiar to Generic Theater audiences, like are Susan Turner, Betsy Kimball, Kate Quisumbing, Donna Goldfarb, and Elizabeth Locke, who are familiar to Generic Theater audiences, and newcomers Deirdre Hickok Bridge, Katharine Jordan, and Dominique Salvacion.
Generic Theater has been presenting plays by both established and local playwrights in Portsmouth since 1982. In addition, the company presents a free monthly playreading series at The Players’ Ring.
About the Players Ring: Since 1992, the mission of The Players’ Ring has been to promote the efforts of local artists through the production of original works, while providing an affordable theatre space to local production companies. “The Ring” provides an environment where artists can thrive, grow, take risks and make daring choices.