About the Authors
Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten are currently enjoying the reputation of being three of the most widely-produced comedic playwrights in America. Their Southern- style, laugh-out-loud comedies include Dearly Beloved, Southern Hospitality, and last year’s
Lyric Arts hit, The Hallelujah Girls. Jessie Jones
is the co-author of Dearly Departed and its screenplay, Kingdom Come. Nicholas Hope was Director of Casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and ABC Television. Jamie Wooten spent several seasons with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia as a writer and producer on the classic sitcom “The Golden Girls.”
About the Play
The Dixie Swim Club follows a long and successful line of bittersweet comedies that track
its characters—their lives, their foibles, their trajectories—over a long course of time. Rather than show intense or minute changes in the characters or conflicts among the characters, these plays show the characters in contrast to how they appeared in the previous scene, and in conflict with nature and time itself. Notable examples of this style include Same Time, Next Year (in which a single couple meets for a one-weekend fling once a year for twenty-five years); The Four-Poster (which became the basis for the hit musical, I Do! I Do!, which traces the fifty-year marriage of Michael and Agnes through the first fifty years of the twentieth century); On Golden Pond, (which examines the last summer an elderly couple spends at their lake home); and The Dining Room (which traces the “life” of a dining room in a well-heeled New England home through more than fifty years).
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfect" life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…