“We’re collecting them for Hope House,” explained Theater League spokeslady Reida York. “They distribute them to their residents who may have had to leave home quickly, to escape an abusive situation. The women and their children usually stay there until the situation stabilizes or is resolved.”
CUPS is a poignant comedy about one woman’s life based on the bras she’s worn. From training to strapless, push up to nursing, the bras hold her memories, too. Playwright Joni Sheram will be attending this weekend’s opening performances.
“Joni has written a very funny yet touching play about growing up in the 60s. Nora, the character in CUPS, goes through all those familiar passages– holding her dress up while trying to dance at the prom, burning her bra in the 60s, getting into Victoria’s Secret in the 90s. It’s about the milestones in a woman’s life, using bras to tell the story.
Janet Henry stars in CUPS, which runs Thursday at 7:30, Friday and Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM for the next three weeks through July 4. Theater League is presenting the show at the Unicorn (full disclosure: I work there).
“We found the play and want to take it all over the country.” continued York for Theater League. “It really resonates for alot of women, no matter what their background. And with this Hope House benefit, we can
help women who can’t attend the theater, too.
“We’re also raising money for breast cancer awareness and survivor support,” added York. “You can buy a ticket and pick a local charity— Back in the Swing, Susan Komen, Young Survivor’s Coalition, Cancer Action or Turning Point. You get a $5 discount and your favorite charity gets $5 as well.”
The gently-used bras will be collected at the Unicorn; if you bring one to the show, you can buy a half-priced ticket at the theater or reserve them over the phone. Check it all out at www.unicorntheatre.org or www.cupsonstage.com.