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'Love, Loss and What I Wore' to premiere at TCCA

The cast of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" stand together: Nancy DeFlippo, left, Sammi Moore, Michelle Hartz, Kami Stanley and Elizabeth Thomakos.

Barb Huff

The local premiere of the award-winning drama, "Love, Loss and What I Wore," presented by the Black Box Ensemble Theatre, will debut at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts on Sept. 23 on the arts gallery stage.
This area premiere will benefit the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts. The center also will feature the international show, “Half Way Around the World.” Yan Sun curates an exhibition of work from China, blended with works from artists from the Zanesville area as well as works with a focus on Guatemala. The exhibit will run through Oct.10.
“Our mission is to provide opportunities for excellence through all of the arts,” said Jeannine Kennedy, director of the TCCA. “We touch all of the arts at the center in many exciting ways with providing classes and exhibits through our gallery shows. We are thrilled that the Black Box Ensemble Theatre is performing at the center this year.”
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" was written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. Beckerman wrote a diary of reflections for her five children including illustrations of the dresses she had worn.
The Ephron sisters expanded on Beckerman's book by weaving in friends of theirs — including the actress Rosie O’Donnell — using clothing and accessories to tell funny and poignant stories. The Off-Broadway production ran for more than 1,000 performances with a rotating cast earning a Drama Desk award, and it continues to play throughout the United States and other countries.
“It is a universal story about women and their clothing,” said Don Irven, director of the show. “This intimate collection of stories touches on serious and very funny themes of the memories of what women wore. Some of the stories include prom dresses, shoes, purses, brides, mothers and the age-old question as to why women only want to wear black. Many of the stories are heartwarming while others are heart-wrenching.”
The cast of five women include Michelle Hartz, Elizabeth Thomakos, Kami Stanley, Sammi Moore and Nancy DeFlippo.
All performances will be held at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, located at 461 Robinson Drive SE in New Philadelphia. The performances will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.
All tickets are $15 with a group rate of $10 per ticket available to parties of four or more. Seating is limited.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400 or in person at the Performing Arts Center box office at Kent State University Tuscarawas Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door will be cash only.
The Black Box Ensemble Theatre can be reached at blackboxensembletheatre@gmail.com.
The Black Box Ensemble Theatre season is sponsored by the Tuscarawas Arts Partnership and USA Label Express Inc.  
“The TAP board team is pleased to partner with BBET to bring additional quality theater productions to Tuscarawas," said Diane Lautenschleger, TAP board president. "An arts-rich community is a healthy and thriving community. TAP is diligently working to aid arts advancement throughout Tuscarawas County."

Published: September 13, 2017
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