Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister, whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

Suggested Audience: 16+
Adult themes, language, drug use, and discussion of rape and abortion 

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Edgewood College Theatre 2022-2023 Season

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

September 21-25, 2022
By Alan Ball
Directed by Audrey Standish

In Alan Ball's hilarious comedy, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, five very different bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that -- they soon realize -- none of them really like!

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 11-12, 17-19, 2022
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Jeanne Leep

An eclectic group of several socially awkward youngsters vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, finding joy, heartache and a purpose in competing at the regional spelling bee. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

She Kills Monsters

February 24-25, March 2-4, 2023
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Susan Nanning-Sorenson

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games! In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

Student Directed One Acts

April 27-30
By Various Playwrights

Contemporary one-act plays directed by Edgewood Theatre Arts Students:  fresh, funny, thought-provoking and smart, this variety pack of plays showcases the talents of our students on stage and behind the scenes.

What's changing?

  • We will be working with health and safety guidelines to follow the procedures in place at the time for each performance. Safety for our audience, cast, crew and all members of our community is our priority.
  • We’ll be creating a new way of seating audience members in their group-pods while maintaining safety guidelines.  Stay tuned for more info as we “learn as we go” in this world of changing needs.
  • Our goal is to perform all of our shows live, but should situations change with the pandemic, we do have the capability and the performing rights to move to an online streaming platform, only if needed.  As long as live, in person theatre experiences are back, we do not plan to stream or record our shows.
  • For this season, some of our shows will be performed in one week and weekend.   We will not be performing twice in the same space on the same day as we have in the past.  We are working around many scheduling issues for this season which requires some flexibility in scheduling changes to our season.
  • We’ll be using our outdoor amphitheater at the back of The Stream as part of our regular season for the first time for two of our productions! 

Thanks for your continued support of theatre and the theatre students!

Edgewood College Theatre

Mission Statement

Edgewood College Theatre presents an annual season of productions for the students, the college community and the greater community of Madison. We rotate our offerings to provide a wide range of theatrical experiences, time periods, genres, voices and lenses for both our students and our audiences.

These productions create an educational and artistic environment that nurtures creativity, academic integrity and professionalism. The productions also serve as the context in which classroom and studio work combine with performance as we collaboratively share our vision and ideas with the community, our audiences.

We strive to give students hands on opportunities to learn theatre by doing theatre--both onstage and behind the scenes, to practice green theatre techniques by leaving a light footprint on the earth, to serve the students we have at the highest level while always seeking to enrich the diversity of our talent pool, artists and theatrical offerings, and to uphold the Sinsinawa Dominican values and mission to serve.

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Kaia E. Stofflet, 2015