Cast photo for Ole Olsen's "Five Women Wearing The Same Dress"

Peru, IN – Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is inviting you to take a “trip” back to the 80’s and enjoy the comedy “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress”. This play was written by Allen Ball who is famous for writing the movie “American Beauty”.

The production is being directed by Debby Myers, a twenty-three-year veteran of the Ole Olsen Stage. Debby is currently a member of the Ole Olsen Board of Directors as the Publicity and Marketing Chairperson.

This play centers around five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids attending a wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate. Each of the bridesmaids attempts to escape the reception by going upstairs to the bride’s sister’s bedroom. 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.

“They (the characters in the play) talk about a lot of things that they go through as women back in the 80’s when this was set,” according to Myers. “It’s a little racy in some ways because it covers topics like the AIDS scare, drug and alcohol abuse, infidelity and homophobia. There is a lesbian in the show and also there is a section where you find out about someone who has been molested as a child.”

“Although it sounds like a drag, a big drama, sad and all that, it’s absolutely hilarious. It’s a really really funny show,” added Myers.

The Play opens February 22 with a Dinner Theatre performance. Reservations are due by February 18, 2018. (That is Today). The meal is catered by Boondocks Catering. The menu consists of:

  • Appetizer Course: Spinach Dip Bread Bowls
  • Salad Course: Mandarin Orange and Papaya Salads with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Entree: Chicken Pasta Primavera Supreme with vegetables & bread
  • Dessert: Wedding Cake (of course!)

There is a very limited number of seats left for the dinner theatre performance so if you want to attend, you will need to call immediately! You can make your reservations by calling 765-472-3650.

Performances are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 23rd and 24th as well as Friday and Saturday, March 2nd and 3rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. Two Sunday performances will be held on February 25 and March 4 both beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The cast and crew include:


Frances – Leah Kimm
Meredith – Jenea Keaton
Trisha – Samantha Grudzien
Georgeanne – Twanna Jiles
Mindy – Diana Blair
Tripp – Quentin Watson
Tracy – Taylor Adams


Lights – Tait Wagner
Set – Alan Myers, Sarah Luginbill, Adam Grudzien, Duane Flaherty, Heather Cooley, Gloria North
Assistant Director – Keith Martin
Stage Manager – Danielle Brown
Spotlight Operator – Heather Cooley
Props Mistress – Gloria North
Dialogue Monitor – Jo Hayes
Production Chair – Nancy Neff

Peru Indiana Today’s Clint Jones was able to attend a dress rehearsal for the production and reported that he very much enjoyed the show and thought that it was very funny. He highly recommends this production and encourages everyone to go out and enjoy a first-class show.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see a great play in the warm confines of the Ole Olsen Depot Theatre. Be sure to make your reservations today!