For Immediate Release
March 2, 2006
Contact: Allison Gillis
SOUTH HADLEY, MA--The Mount Holyoke Department of Theatre Arts will pay tribute to Wendy Wasserstein '71 with a staged reading of her play Uncommon Women and Others on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11. Wasserstein, whose works portrayed the challenging and complex lives of contemporary women, died on Jan. 30 of lymphoma. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. in the College's Rooke Theatre and will be directed by Paula Alekson '90, visiting instructor in theatre arts. There will be a reception following the Friday performance in the Rooke Theatre lobby.
Uncommon Women and Others was Wasserstein's first major success as a playwright, written in 1977 about a reunion of a group of Mount Holyoke graduates struggling to find their place in the world. The off-Broadway performance featured Glenn Close, Swoosie Kurtz, and Jill Eikenberry and was later adapted for public television, with Meryl Streep playing Close's role.
"We think that there is no better way to mourn the loss of our own uncommon woman, Wendy Wasserstein, than to celebrate her life and work in a reading of her homage to Mount Holyoke, Uncommon Women and Others," said Alekson.
There is no admission charge for the event, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the theatre box office at (413) 538-2406.
Editor's note: Photography will not be allowed in the theatre during the performances.