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Lehigh Valley Premiere Portrays the True Spirit of Women

Allentown, PA (September 17, 2003) - When six vivacious women reunite almost twenty years after graduating from college, they realize that nothing in their lives can be expected or predicted. Cedar Crest College presents "Beautiful Bodies," a refreshingly bold comedy about the enduring nature of friendship and the struggles of being a woman in an over-demanding world. The show runs September 26-27 and October 3-4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins Center.

Written by Laura Cunningham, "Beautiful Bodies" takes place in a loft in New York City as the six women gather for a baby shower. Often compared to "Sex and the City," "Beautiful Bodies" delivers a strong, powerful message to women that societal standards and views are nothing more than an illusion. "'Beautiful Bodies' is bold, but not as explicit and obvious as 'Sex and the City,'" comments Marion McCorry, director, who recently appeared on the HBO hit show. "There are noticeable similarities between the personalities of the characters of each show."

Throughout the course of the play, each character discovers and bares different aspects of herself. Coping with personal struggles such as infidelity and single parenting, each character is on the cusp of 40, but none has quite attained the aspirations she shared with her friends at 20. The play is honest and witty as the plot revolves around the distinct personalities of the women - Claire, the independent spirit and unprepared mother-to-be; Lisbeth, the confused, romantic soul; Martha, the realist and ruthless success story; Nina, the brutally honest girl from the Bronx; Jessie the homebody and Sue Carol the perpetual drama queen. "The characters are multi-dimensional, thus providing for a perfect melee in personalities that the audience can relate to on different levels," says McCorry.

McCorry is eager to present this show for the first time on the Cedar Crest stage, and in the Lehigh Valley. "While addressing such issues as success, being single, failure and motherhood, the comedy targets viewers to look and laugh at familiar belief systems. Through the humor and profundity of the characters, "Beautiful Bodies" seeks to reach new dimensions on issues that are still prominent with women today," says McCorry. "Even if they make some wrong choices, these characters are willing to take a chance and can make it on their own. In a world where women are taught to achieve less than their potential, this show reminds us that women are fabulous."

The cast of "Beautiful Bodies" includes such veterans of the Cedar Crest stage as Laura Scioli '05 (Jamison, PA), Brenna O'Keefe '04 (Allentown, PA), and Blair Zimnoch '05 (Little Egg Harbor, NJ) - newcomers Amber Larimore '07 (Felton, DE), Ellen Doyle '05, Allison Kazaras '07. Stage manager for the production is Heather Timberman '06 (Hampton, CT). Set design and costumes are by Roxanne Amico. Lighting is by Elizabeth DeSanctis. Sound and technical direction is by Kevin Gallagher.

"Beautiful Bodies" runs September 26 and 27 at 8:00 p.m. and October 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call the Cedar Crest Box Office at 610-606-4608.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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