25 local ladies play 42 roles

Thursday, September 6, 2001 at 1:00am

ACT I at Darkhorse Theatre will open their 13th season with The Women by Clare Boothe Luce. The production, directed by Joy Warren (Children of a Lesser God), features a cast of 25 local actresses in 42 roles. The play is set in the 1930s and revolves around the central character, Mary (Deanna Glasser). Mary divorces her husband when she learns that he has had an affair with a younger woman (Kaitlin Steer). The production examines Mary's coping with the divorce as well as her "loyal" yet loose-lipped friends (Caroline Davis, Adele Akin). The cast is full of memorable characters from the unlucky-in-love, wealthy Countess (Meigie Mabry) to the gossiping manicurist (Laurel Baker).

An interesting side note to the play is that Clare Boothe Luce lived in Nashville on Eighth Avenue from 1909-11. As a young child, she attended Ward Seminary, which later became Belmont University.

Director Joy Warren said of the production, "It

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