Department of Fine Arts
University Theatre presents:

Always a Bridesmaid

by Jessie Jones, Nocholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

        directed by Professor Glen Gourley

        April 13-15, 2017, 7:30 pm

        Fine Arts Theatre, Hyman Fine Arts Center

Blues for an Alabama Sky
Blues for an Alabama Sky - Fall 2016

The Francis Marion University Theatre's 2016-17 season's final production will be the comedy Always a Bridesmaid, directed by professor A. Glen Gourley.  It will be performed in the Fine Arts Theater in Hyman Fine Arts Center on campus.

THE STORY: In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes - in spite of all evidence to the contrary - that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra's "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has not only a wandering eye but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers - the hard way - that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself.

Hop on this marriage-go-round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. Always A Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question, "Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?"

If you've ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride's bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying "I do" or been forced to wear the world's ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny JONES HOPE WOOTEN COMEDY is definitely for you ... and your dearly beloved!

RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling 843-661-1365 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Thanks to Department of Fine Arts sponsorship, admission is free.

The Francis Marion University Theatre's 2016-2017's fall production was Blues for an Alabama Sky
by Pearl Cleage, directed by professor D. Keith Best. The winter production was Blue Bird, a new play by Liza Lentini directed by Dr. L. Dawn Larsen.

For additional information contact Director of Theatre professor Glen Gourley in FAC 224, 661-1538,

Interested in working "behind the scenes"?  Contact Mr. Granath in FAC 222, 661-1536,
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