Love, Loss, and What I Wore

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – An encore performance of the award-winning drama, Love, Loss, and What I Wore will be presented in New Philadelphia.

The performance will be hosted by the Black Box Ensemble Theatre at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts starting January 11 for a limited run of three performances on the arts gallery stage.

The Tuscarawas County Amateur Photographic Association annual juried exhibition will also be on display in the gallery during the performance.

“Our mission is to provide opportunities for excellence through all of the arts,” explained Jeannine Kennedy, director of the Tuscarawas Center for the Arts.  “We touch all of the arts at the center in many exciting ways with providing classes and exhibits through our gallery shows.  We are thrilled that  Black Box Ensemble Theatre is performing this beautiful and poignant piece once again.” 

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora Ephron and her sister Delia, based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. Beckerman wrote a diary of reflections for her five children including illustrations of the dresses she had worn.  The Ephron sisters expanded on Beckerman’s book by weaving in friends of theirs, including the actress Rosie O’Donnell, using clothing and accessories to tell funny and poignant stories.  The Off-Broadway production ran for more than 1,000 performances with a rotating cast earning a Drama Desk award, and continues to play throughout the United States and other countries.

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“It is a universal story about women and their clothing,” added Don Irven, director of the show.  “This intimate collection of stories touches on serious and very funny themes of the memories of what women wore.  Some of the stories include prom dresses, shoes, purses, brides, mothers, and the age-old question as to why women only want to wear black.  Many of the stories are heartwarming while others are heart-wrenching. “

The cast of five women includes Elizabeth Thomakos, Sherrel Rieger, Sarah Spies, Allison Morris, and Lori Feeney.

All performances will be held at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts located at 461 Robinson Dr. SE in New Philadelphia.   The performances will be on January 11 and 12th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, January 13th at 2:30p.m.  All tickets are $15, with a group rate of $10 per ticket available to parties of three or more.  Seating is limited.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the TCCA at 330-339-2787.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Black Box Ensemble Theatre season is sponsored by USA Label Express Inc.

Photo caption:

The cast does “The Vogue” from a scene in the play honoring musical artist Madonna. Pictured from left to right are Allison Morris, Elizabeth Thomakos, Sherrel Rieger, Lori Feeney, and Sarah Spies

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