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Inside the Dressing Room by Sylvia Davenport-Veith

ISBN #1-60513-100-8
JAC #2011-00

The Cast
  • CASSIE CLAYTON: 43. An outwardly cheerful and enthusiastic Mother-of-the-Bride-to-Be. The years may have passed, but she is an attractive and trim Southern belle. Deep down inside, Cassie is hurting.
  • BETTY LONGSTRING: 45. Mother-of-the-Groom-to-Be and a somewhat reluctant shopping companion. Betty is the Southern mom who dresses casually, bakes, cooks, and loves waiting on her family. She has gained a few pounds over the years and avoids full length mirrors. She uses her wit to cover her insecurities.


Thrown together as mothers-in-law-to-be, Cassie Clayton and Betty Longstring are shopping for their gowns, but not everything is going smoothly. While Cassie is happily modeling a chic dress on her trim frame, Betty is struggling into a body briefer and dreading the dress Cassie has selected for her. After much urging from Cassie, Betty emerges from behind the dressing screen and strikes a comic pose, only to be horrified when Cassie snaps her picture. She knows the dress is dreadfully unflattering and secretly wishes she could drop 40 pounds on the spot.  Meanwhile, Cassie mildly chides Betty for not exercising and enthusiastically begins a jazzercise lesson inside the dressing room. Not wanting to be a poor sport, Betty joins in, but she doesn't have the stamina. And, a darn hot flash hits.  Cassie whips out a water bottle spray fan, and hoses the hapless Betty down who madly tries to get away and save the dress from her dripping hair. Cassie grabs a shopping bag and sticks it on Betty's head which works until Betty nearly passes out from "breathing her own carbon footprint." Just when it seems these two ladies have nothing in common, the moment for a heart-to-heart arrives. Important secrets are shared, and they decide to start their friendship anew over hot fudge sundaes

The Setting

A ladies dressing room.

Author Biography
At the age of ten, Sylvia was cast as the Widow Douglas in a children's theatre production of Tom Sawyer. After she stopped weeping over failing to land the part of Becky Thatcher, Sylvia discovered the fantastic bonanza that comes with character roles. She also never forgot the electric excitement pulsing through the cast as each child waited to step on stage for the first time.  Many years have passed since that long ago debut, but nothing has diminished Sylvia's love of theatre. After earning a BFA in Theatre (High Honors) and M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Florida, Sylvia relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she continued to appear on stage at a variety of theatres. Additionally, she taught classes and directed plays of all genres for the Shiloh High School Theatre Department (a.k.a. Shiloh Onstage) in Snellville, Georgia. Sylvia directed her own play, Prom Night, for Shiloh Onstage in 2006. She is thrilled the play won Second Place in the 2008 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall Playwriting for Youth Competition. Other plays by Sylvia include: Grandmothers' Gifts (to be presented at The Bonderman Symposium Playwright Slam at the Indiana Repertory Company in March 2009); and A Snowy Night In Iowa (selected by Process Theatre for its annual Read-a-Thon in November 2008).  Sylvia is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America; The American Screenwriter's Association; The American Alliance for Theatre and Education; and Working Title Playwrights.

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