‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’

Diane Stretz-Thurmond, Charlotte Hammett Hubrich, Julia Leist Adams, Susan McNeese Lynch and Kim Butterweck.

Diane Stretz-Thurmond, Charlotte Hammett Hubrich, Julia Leist Adams, Susan McNeese Lynch and Kim Butterweck.

The comical, yet moving play on women’s fashion and friendship, which earned the 2010 Drama Desk Award for “Most Unique Theatrical Experience,” will make its debut with the Eve Theatre Company on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Written by the late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is a play organized as a series of monologues  relating to women’s issues. The script is based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman.

“It’s a play that’s based on a collection of intimate stories about women and the kind of special moments in their lives, good and bad, and what kind of role the clothing had in all of that,” said Susan McNeese Lynch, a marketing consultant and actress in the Louisville production.

The play, initially presented as a part of the 2008 summer series at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, has featured actresses such as Rosie O’Donnell, Natasha Lyonne, Blythe Danner, Parker Posey, Kristin Wiig and Brooke Shields.

Under the direction of Nancy Hoover, the Eve Theatre Company’s production will star local actresses McNeese Lynch, Kim Butterweck, Julia Leist Adams, Charlotte Hammett Hubrich and Diane Stretz Thurmond.

Though the play is focused on women, clothing and subject matter including mothers, prom dresses, bra-buying, purses and why women wear black, the story can relate to any individual. “Anyone who has a woman in their life – If you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, a cousin (or) a good friend. … these stories resonate far just beyond the women’s involvement in them,” McNeese Lynch said. “They have a lot to do with the men in these women’s lives as well. It is based on women, but the stories relate to everyone.”

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at The Henry Clay Theatre, 604 S. Third St. A special opening reception sponsored by Little Black Dress Vodka will begin at 6:30 p.m. Beckerman’s and the Ephron sisters’ books will be available for sale in the theatre lobby courtesy of Carmichael’s Bookstore. Bar service is available by Silver Spoon.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” will run Nov. 1-4, 8-11 and 15-18. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission; $19 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For those willing to donate, gently used-professional women’s clothing will be collected in the theatre lobby for Dress for Success Louisville.

For tickets, call 502.583.8222. For information, visit evetheatrecompany.com.

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