Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilleâ€™s Friends of Theater and Dance (FOTAD) will present its fall fund raiser â€œFOTAD Dinner Theaterâ€� on Saturday, Nov. 2. The evening will include a buffet dinner and special live performance at Fixinâ€™s Restaurant in SIUEâ€™s Morris University Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m.
Director Diana Enloe presents the hilarious theater performance of Love, Loss, and What We Wore. This play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron is based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. It is organized as a series of monologues and uses a rotating cast of five women, Carol Hodson, Christy Luster, Debbie Maneke, Dianna Pallas and Donna Wilson. Through a series of touching and humorous vignettes and monologues, the quintet shares its charactersâ€™ stories, exploring themes of relationships, oppression and sexuality, loss of loved ones, divorce, and the fullness of life through the metaphor of the charactersâ€™ love/hate relationship with clothes.
Love, Loss, and What We Wore was originally performed Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in New York City. The cast originally included Rosie O’Donnell and Tyne Daly. The show won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, as well as the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play.
The buffet dinner will include a house smoked beef brisket, blackened salmon, fettuccini alfredo, roasted maple sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, sautÃ©ed shaved Brussel sprouts, Greek salad, and light and tasty mousse. A cash bar will be available.
Tickets for the dinner and show are $50, with a $5 discount for FOTAD members and their guests, and SIUE students. Tickets for the performance only are $15. Admission for the show is free for SIUE students.
A portion of the price is tax deductible. The tax-deductible amount is $20 for FOTAD members who attend the dinner and performance, and $25 for non-members. The tax-deductible portion is $15 for those who attend just the performance.
Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 29. For reservations, call the SIUE Theater and Dance Box Office at 618-650-2774 or toll free at 1-888-328-5168, ext. 2774
Photo (L-R): Love, Loss, and What We Wore cast members Dianna Pallas, Donna Wilson, Christy Luster, Carol Hodson, Debbie Maneke.