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‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ performed at the Grange

July 6, 2013 · Updated 1:18 PM

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces seven performances of the international hit “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by the late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia Ephron. This play ran for over 1,000 performances Off-Broadway before closing just over a year ago.

While Nora Ephron is best known for her screenplays (“When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Julie & Julia”), she and her sister wrote “Love, Loss And What I Wore” based on the best selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. The play uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that everyone can relate to. The play includes twenty paintings of outfits described in the play by local artist, Jackie Kempfer.

The list of actors who were in the New York production reads like a “Who’s Who” of the theater including Tyne Daly, Rosie O’Donnell, Carol Kane, Janeane Garofalo, Fran Drescher, Melissa Joan Hart, Brooke Shields, Loretta Swit, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch and Rhea Perlman.

Syndicated Columnist, Liz Smith, called it "Funny, powerful, sweet and saucy! This is an evening that goes directly to the heart."

“Love, Loss And What I Wore” has a cast of five women, four of whom form an ensemble that performs each night. The fifth role, that of “Gingy” who functions as the narrator, has a different actor for each performance. On opening night - Friday, July 12 - the role of Gingy will be played by Mary Bayley, on the 13, Gingy will be played by Christina Orchid; on July 19, Maura O’Neill; the 20, Abby Rueb; on July 26, Annette Mazzarella; on the 27, Pam Loew; and on closing night, Sunday, July 28 the role of Gingy will be played by Patty Monaco.

The Actors Theater production of this play follows the model developed in the New York production: The actors will sit on stools, with the script on music stands in front of them.

The performances will be at the Grange and will begin at 7:30 pm. Some of the content is not suitable for younger children. Tickets are $10 and are available at Darvill’s Book Store at www.orcasactors.com or at the door.

For additional information contact the Director Doug Bechtel at 317-5601.


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