IF YOU GOFARMINGTON — Using clothing as a time capsule, Bottom of the Barrel Productions aims to tell the story of women's relationships in the play "Love, Loss and What I Wore."
What: "Love, Loss and What I Wore"
When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. May 3 and May 4
Where: Farmington Downtown Center, 100 W. Broadway Ave.
Tickets: $10 each
P.J. Gillen is directing the play, which opened Friday. She stressed that the play involves mature themes and is not for children.
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" centers around five main characters, ranging from a Chicago gang member to a cancer patient.
Megan Andrasovsky portrays Holly. In a monologue, the character talks about when she was 5 years old and her mother was in the hospital. Holly shares that she was close to her mother but had a much more difficult time relating to her father and stepmother.
"I can relate to Holly very much," Andrasovsky said, explaining that her own father committed suicide when she was 12.
It's hard to get over the loss of someone you care about, Andrasovsky said.
"We can form some crazy attachments and want to cling on to the past," she said.
In the Holly's final scene, she breaks down. Andrasovsky said that scene is when Holly finally lets go.
Playing the part of Holly is challenging because of how deep her emotions run, Andrasovsky said.
Judy Castleberry, who plays a character named Gingi in the play, said she has even cried while watching Andrasovsky rehearse.
"Love, Loss and What I Wore" is based on a book by Ilene Beckerman. The character Gingi is based on the author's life.
Gingi acts as the narrator and is the only character that stays through the entire play. She talks about memories from the time she was a little girl to when she has her own grandchildren. During the play, she describes her three marriages, motherhood and the death of a child. The important moments in her life are marked by particular items of clothing starting with her Brownies Girl Scout uniform.
Gingi loves a lot, loses a lot and dresses stylishly, said Castleberry.
"She is such a survivor," she said.
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