What: The Women by Clare Boothe Luce
Where: Hedrick Theatre, Robertson College-Community Center
When: September 29-30 at 6:55pm nightly
October 1-3 at 7:30pm nightly
by Vanessa Malanga '10, Catawba News Service
"And we will know that we have arrived when whether there are men or not is not important at all." In Catawba College's production of "The Women," whether men are in attendance, or not, is of no consequence.
In playwright Clare Boothe Luce's world of money, the action of these rich socialites centers on men ... without a single man ever appearing on stage. Offered by an entirely female ensemble, each character in the play contributes to the representation of the many facets of womanhood, raging through the spectrum from compassion to cattiness.
This rollicking "comedy of manners" pokes fun at the lives of the rich and pampered, offering the audience a view of the raucous inner workings of socialite Manhattan in the 1930s. Follow protagonist Mary Haines throughout her tribulations of adultery, divorce, and backstabbing best friends — who will get their just desserts?
In spite of societal pressures, Mary Haines attempts to make a stand, refusing to be hindered or helped by others. However, over the course of her journey, Mary discovers that the woman who stands on her own also has to be connected to the rest of the world.
Although originally written in 1936, the world of "The Women" is just as applicable today. The script explores what happens when the pressures of society encourage women to attempt to become what they may not naturally be: perfect, beautiful, unattainable mannequins. When studied in light of the history of sexism, "The Women" provides an interesting juxtaposition of women's rights and elitism, with plenty of thirsty backstabbing to entertain the feminists.
Clare Boothe Luce penned this play as a reflection of her own materialistic social circles. It is a timeless piece of art that reflects the good, the bad, and the ugly of feminine wiles. Simply put, it's all about women – warts and all.
Immediately following Friday night's performance, the second annual Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception will take place. The purpose of the Catawba College Blue Masque Hall of Fame is to recognize and perpetuate the noteworthy theatre tradition of Catawba College by honoring and memorializing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to this tradition. Inductees into the Hall of Fame must have either attended Catawba College as a full time student, been employed at Catawba as a full or part time faculty/staff member, or contributed to the success of the Blue Masque by performing outstanding service as a volunteer or patron. The ceremony is expected to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m., and a reception will follow on Keppel Auditorium stage. Tickets for this event may be purchased from the theatre arts department box office at (704) 637-4481, or through the Catawba alumni office. Contributions and proceeds go to support the continuation and development of the Blue Masque Hall of Fame.
"The Women" is directed by Dayna Anderson, a professor of theatre arts at Catawba. Other crew members include junior C.M. Garrison of Asheville; stage manager; junior Ryan Glidewell of Marietta, Ga., assistant technical director; junior Zack Lynch of Selbyville, Del.; assistant director; junior Liz Parsons of Kissimmee, Fla., hair and make-up design; senior Matt Patrick of Tampa, Fla., sound design/engineer; and sophomore Maggie Truxell of Cherry Hill, N.J., assistant stage manager.
Cast members include senior Carmen Bartlett of Charlotte; junior Cassie Bell of Leonardtown, Md.; sophomore Kat Campagna of Watertown, Ct.; junior Carrie Foster of Baltimore, Md.; sophomore Megan Fields of Moore, S.C.; junior Katie Haeuser of Robert, La.; junior Carrie Harris of Asheville; senior Amber Hughes of Seattle, Wash.; sophomore Sarah LeJeune of Fairview, Tenn.; junior Shanna Locklair of Lewes, Del.; junior Amber McCleerey of Hendersonville; senior Meghan McLaughlin of Owings Mills, Md.; junior Rachel Mehaffey of Leonardtown, Md.; junior Mary Alice Nichols of Conyers, Ga.; sophomore Annabelle Prince of Charlotte; junior Katherine Tierney of Smyrna, Ga.; senior Eleanor Withrow of Abingdon, Md.
Catawba's production of "The Women," by Clare Boothe Luce, opens in Hedrick Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. It is offered again at 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, and thereafter, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 1-3.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Catawba students. Group discounts are available. For more details, contact the Catawba College theatre box office at (704) 637-4481, or buy your tickets online at http://www.showtix4u.com. Seating will be limited during the Homecoming weekend; therefore it is suggested that reservations be made as early as possible.
PHOTOS: Production of The Women