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Uncommon Women and Others captures a transformative era

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The University of Lethbridge drama department opens their season, Oct. 19 with their production of  Wendy Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women and Others.”
(l-r) Chelsea Woolley, Makambe Simamba, Danielle Funk, Lindie Last, Ali DeRegt . Photo Submitted

“The play takes place during an era of tremendous change for women,  but the fundamental theme of students figuring out their place in the world remains relevant and recognizable,” says Dr. Shelley Scott, director of Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein. Playing Oct. 19 – 23 at 8 pm in the University Theatre, this often funny, often reflective play transports audiences into the 1970’s to share the struggles, challenges and joys of five independently uncommon women.

“Uncommon Women and Others” is the debut Broadway play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. This compelling drama opens as the women meet at a restaurant in 1978.  
A flashback transports the action back six years and shows the women while they were students at a prestigious, all-female college, forming the friendships and making the choices that shape their destinies. 
From the set, designed by Donal Atkinson, to the costumes designed by U of L drama major, Candace Van Osch, the production explores a time where clothes and furnishings had a distinctly original style. “The entire production is an expression of such an important time for women,” says Scott.
 “It captures the essence of that time, in which the women’s movement was changing women’s lives. This play explores these themes and speaks about a coming-of-age that all students go through.” 

“Wasserstein was often referred to as the female Neil Simon,” Scott remarks.
 “Playwright Andre Bishop remarked that all of Wasserstein’s plays revolve around intelligent, attractive, educated, uncommon women who, while attempting to deal with their fears and disappointments, manage to define and redefine who they are.”
“Uncommon Women and Others,” was also made into 1979 TV movie starring Meryl Streep, Swoosie Kurtz and Jill Eikenberry.
Tickets are available at the U of L Box Office, Monday through Friday from 12:30-3:30 pm or by calling (403) 329-2616. 

Season Ticket Special.  You only have until Oct. 19 to purchase a theatre season ticket and save 25 per cent off the entire mainstage season. Season tickets are $45 regular and $30 for senior/student. Individual tickets are $15 regular and $10 for senior/student.

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