Dawn Wells, Dee Hoty and More Set for SJ Rep's LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, Beg. Tonight
San Jose Rep presents its sassy and sentimental summer hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The cast features Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island), Zuzanna Szadkowski ("Gossip Girl"), Tony-nominated Dee Hoty (Mamma Mia and TV's "Smash"), Sandra Tsing Loh (off-Broadway Aliens in America and NPR's "The Loh Down on Science") and Ashley Austin Morris ("Ugly Betty" and "The Electric Company"). The off-Broadway hit makes its Bay Area premiere tonight, July 19 - July 28, 2013. Press opening night is tonight, July 19, 8:00 p.m.
Written by the late Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as recollections of the Ephrons' friends. Vanity Fair says this show is "Witty and wise" and Forbes Magazine calls it "An act of brilliance! A must see!" Honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audiences Award, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.
"I'm thrilled to bring these talented stars to the Rep's stage to recant these very moving, funny and satirical stories by the talented Ephron sisters," said Rick Lombardo, San Jose Rep's Artistic Director. "Our audiences are very fortunate to be treated to four of the five actresses who starred in this show in New York City, and we're also delighted to welcome back Sandra Tsing Loh to the Rep's stage."
Dawn Wells returns to Love, Loss, and What I Wore after runs in New York City and Chicago. Wells is best known for her role as Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island." She's also a producer, author, spokesperson, journalist, motivational speaker, teacher and Chairwoman of the Terry Lee Wells Foundation in Nevada. Wells has starred in 150 television shows and seven motion pictures, recently completing "Hotel Arthritis." She's also starred in more than 60 theatrical performances including Chapter Two, They're Playing Our Song, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Fatal Attraction (w/ Ken Howard), Love Letters (w/ Peter Marshall & Adam West), The Vagina Monologues and Ouiser in Steel Magnolias. Upcoming projects include two reality shows and a book, "Why We Love Mary Ann," to be released late 2013.
Zuzanna Szadkowski recently joined the New York cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She's best known for her role as Dorota in the CW's hit drama "Gossip Girl" and was voted #7 in Rolling Stone's "50 Reasons to Watch TV." Other television credits include "Guiding Light," "The Sopranos," "Law and Order," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." Theatre credits include Polybe + Seats and Object Collection, Olly's Prison at A.R.T., directed by RoBert Woodruff, The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie at A.R.T. and Spring Awakening in Moscow.
Dee Hoty appeared in the second anniversary New York cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2011. Hoty has earned three Tony nominations for starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. She starred on Broadway and in eight major U. S. cities as Donna in Mamma Mia! Other Broadway credits include: Bye, Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O'Clock Girl, and Shakespeare's Cabaret. She just completed Rich Girl, a new play at the George Street and Cleveland Play House where she was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame. Her film and television credits include "Smash," "Elementary" and "Law and Order."