Wilmington College senior Emily R. Knisley, of Lynchburg, recently performed on stage in the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre at the college.
Knisley was cast in the role of Mindy, the groom’s sister and bridesmaid, in the college’s production of Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” under the direction of J. Wynn Alexander, professor of Theatre and Fine Arts.
The synopsis of the play is that during an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tenn. estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.
Knisley, a 2013 graduate of Lynchburg-Clay Local Schools, is a political science major.
Wilmington College is a career-oriented liberal arts institution affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers). It is located in southwestern Ohio, approximately one hour from Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. The Blue Ash branch campus serves a large number of non-traditional students. For more information on enrollment opportunities, visit www.wilmington.edu online.
Submitted by Mary F. Burnell, Wilmington College public relations assistant.