All-female theatre com­pa­ny rai­sing cur­tain on sou­thern co­me­dy

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An all-wo­men thea­tri­cal com­pa­ny that was foun­ded last year in Hud­son will de­but its so­pho­more pro­duc­tion next week.

Stone Soup Pro­duc­tions, a com­pa­ny de­di­ca­ted to pro­du­cing plays fea­tu­ring pre­do­mi­na­te­ly female leads, will un­veil its se­cond of­fe­ring with the twoact co­me­dy, Al­ways a Bri­des­maid. The show, writ­ten by Ame­ri­can play­wrights Jes­sie Jones, Ni­cho­las Hope and Ja­mie Woo­ten, will run from Sep­tem­ber 11– 21 at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre.

Al­ways a Bri­des­maid tells the tale of four sou­thern belles who on the night of their high school prom, swear to be in each other’s wed­dings no mat­ter what. The play opens more than thir­ty years la­ter as the friends re­lent­less­ly keep their vows, for bet­ter or for worse. Cal­led a ‘mar­riage-go-round, laugh out loud jour­ney’ the play fol­lows the be­lea­gue­red bri­des­maids as they at­tempt to na­vi­gate the not al­ways bliss­ful wa­ters of love and ma­tri­mo­ny.

Jones, Hope and Woo­ten, known col- lec­ti­ve­ly by their last names, are three of the most wi­de­ly pro­du­ced play­wrights in the U.S. and have de­di­ca­ted them­selves to wri­ting sou­thern co­me­dy.

Their plays are known for their crisp, cle­ver hu­mor and for not al­ways ta­king ob­vious plot lines.

Stone Soup Pro­duc­tions was foun­ded by lo­cal ac­tors Don­na Byrne, Ka­ren Bur­gan and Irene Os­prey. The wo­men say they for­med the theatre group “be­cause ac­ting, di­rec­ting, and wri­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come kno­cking at the door.” Es­pe­cial­ly for wo­men ac­tors. The three say their goal is to pro­mote wo­men of all ages and in all as­pects of theatre. And though they don’t ex­clude men, the com­pa­ny fo­cuses on plays with a female ma­jo­ri­ty cast.

Al­ways a Bri­des­maid will run with eve­ning and ma­ti­nee per­for­mances from Sept. 11- 21, at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre, 28 Wharf Rd. For ti­ckets call the box of­fice at 450 458-5361. For in­for­ma­tion about Stone Soup Pro­duc­tions go to: www.sto­ne­sou­pro­duc­

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