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'Five Women' kicks off theatre season at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre begins its 2009 season with the touching, heartfelt comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball, who has created a vivid portrait of five unique, beautiful women whose shared experiences coalesce to reveal a moving, humorous insight into the human condition.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” takes place during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tenn., estate where five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.

Tarryn Rouse of Doniphan, Neb.,plays Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered religious fundamentalist. Natalie Polisson of Crown Point, Ind., portrays Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom. Ivory Stahly from Sioux Falls, S.D.,isGeorgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior. Krysta Dziak of Helena, Mont., plays Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Danielle Heeren of Sioux Falls, S.D.,portrays Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, played by Reese Porter of South Sioux City, Neb., a charming bad-boy wedding usher. As the afternoon wears on, these women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of women's spirit.

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” which contains mature themes and adult language, performs Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Tickets ($10 adults, $6 K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $4 USD students with ID), can be reserved starting Wednesday, Oct. 7 by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or online at