PRESS RELEASE: Carpenter Square Theatre presents Nora & Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore” May 13-June 4. The touching comedy about matters of the heart and matters of the closet performs at the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center, located at 2001 E. Reno at the intersection of Reno and Martin Luther King. Playgoers may exit I-40 at Eastern/M.L. King and proceed north on M.L. King.
A perfect event for ladies to share with their mothers or best friends, the production won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, as well as the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play. The play is a scrapbook of stories and scenes, and the glue that holds them together are articles of clothing that illustrate a memory or spark a reaction. The character of Gingy begins the play and her life story begins with her Brownie uniform and moves through three marriages, motherhood, and grandmotherhood, and is interwoven with experiences shared by four other actresses. Particular clothing, such as a first bra, prom dresses, wedding dresses, boots, a lost favorite shirt, the detested, disorganized purse, and the ever fashionable little black dress, prompt the women to share their intimate and often hilarious experiences concerning the most important things in life – mothers, fathers, lovers, husbands, sisters, best friends, children and grandchildren.
Nora and Delia Ephron based “Love, Loss and What I Wore” on the book with the same name by Ilene Beckerman. The Ephron sisters often collaborate on projects and are both highly successful writers and producers. Nora is best-known for such films as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” and most recently, “Julie and Julia.” She has also published several essay collections, including “I Remember Nothing” and “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” Delia’s screenplays include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Bewitched,” and “You’ve Got Mail.” She has published numerous children’s books, the most recent being “Frannie in Pieces” and “Big City Eyes.”
For the Carpenter Square production, Rhonda Clark directs a powerhouse cast of five area actresses: Vikki Simer, Linda McDonald, Renee’ Preftakes, Billie Nash and TooToo Cirlot. The technical direction is by Caleb Schnackenberg with lighting design by Scott Hynes.
Specific performance dates and times are: May 13-14 and 20-21 at 8 p.m., May 26 at 7:30 p.m., May 27-28 at 8 p.m., May 29 at 2 p.m., June 2 at 7:30 p.m., and May 3-4 at 8 p.m.
Opening night theatergoers on May 13 are invited to a post-show party with complimentary food and a cash bar. Special two-for-one ticket prices are offered on May 26 and June 2.
The production is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Allied Arts Foundation. Paul and Janet Weigel are the opening night party sponsors. The Bricktown Hotel & Convention Center serves as co-producer for the production.
For information and tickets, call the Carpenter Square Theatre box office at 405-232-6500 or visit online at www.carpentersquare.com.