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Tickets Remain For Love That Dress
With less than two weeks away, the Love That Dress!7 fundraising event, to
be held on Wednesday, August 26, has sold out of its exclusive VIP Suites,
but individual general admission and VIP tickets are still available.
Held at Embassy Suites, located at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive in Estero,
the Love That Dress!7 main event will include a huge inventory of new and “gently
loved” dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories, a silent auction full of unique packag-
es, and cocktails. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.lovethatdress.
org. Dress drop-off locations throughout Lee County are currently accepting donations
of items through August 17. Information on those locations is also available on the
In the months leading up to the main event, members of the Southwest Florida
community were asked to donate new and “gently loved” dresses and accessories
at collection parties and convenient drop-off locations across the county, increasing
inventory, funds and awareness for the main event.
This year’s Love That Dress! sponsors include Title Sponsor White House Black
Market, Venue Sponsor Embassy Suites, Dress Collection Space Sponsor Miromar
Outlets, Event Sponsors NBC-2, News-Press Media Group, Gulfshore Life Magazine,
96.9 More FM, Naples Daily News, SPADA Salon & Day Spa, SS Hookers,
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc., The Firestone Sky Bar, Jason’s Deli,
Prawnbroker Restaurant Group, House of Wu, RS Walsh Landscaping, Boost
Creative, New Beginnings Events, Nulmage Dry Cleaners, Image Matters, Sephora
USA, Inc., RumRunners Restaurant, Cork Soakers Deck and Wine Bar, Six Bends
Harley-Davidson, Lee Family News/Happenings Magazine, Atilus, LLC, Paper Fish
Printing, Priority Payment Systems, Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar, Caloosa Tent &
Rental, Living Local, A JARON Fine Jewelry, Costco, Matanzas on the Bay, Signs
Now, Arthrex, Bryan Avery & Allstate Insurance, and Unfiltered Unfined Wines, and
VIP Suite Sponsors Azul Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa, College Hunks Hauling
Junk & Moving, Private Client Insurance Services, LeeSar Cooperative Services of
Florida, Inc., The Home Mag, PACE Board of Directors, Giving Alliance of Women,
Gail Markham and Friends, Noelle Melanson, Florida Marina Clubs, and Diana Willis
and Anne Wittenborn.
Donations of services and packages for the event’s silent auction are still needed.
Volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact Allyson Ross at Allyson.Ross@
PACECenter.org for more information.
All proceeds from Love That Dress!7 will benefit PACE Center For Girls, Lee
County. PACE is a non-residential program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages
12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, sub-
stance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration,
truancy and declining grades.
For more information about the event, call 470-7548, visit www.lovethatdress.org
or search “Love That Dress, Lee” on Facebook.
Matanzas To Host
Matanzas on the Bay on Fort
Myers Beach is hosting a Bottle
Cap Snook Workshop on
Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m . to 5
p.m . The workshop will be led by local
artist Victoria Hubacz of Art by Victoria.
Registration is $100 per person and
includes all necessary materials for the
design. Space is limited to 15 people.
register by August 21 to reserve a seat.
A combination of bar and artwork,
“bartwork” is the utilization of various
beer bottle caps to complete a one-of-a-
kind design. During the outdoor work-
shop, participants will create their very
own snook fish sign. The festivities will
be held on the outside patio of Matanzas
on the Bay, located at 416 Crescent
Street on Fort Myers Beach. To register
for the event, stop by Matanzas on the
Bay or sign up via an online registration
form at www.art-by-victoria.com/snook-
Bottle cap snook
All-Female Playwright Season
Featured At Theatre Conspiracy
Theatre Conspiracy announce it’s 2015-16 season of plays at the Foulds
Theatre, Lee County Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers.
“If you were to look at the past few season of theatre in Southwest Florida
you will see that less than 20 percent of the plays produced were written by female
playwrights” says Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor. “It is not only Southwest
Florida. It is the entire country. The 2013-14 Broadway season did not have any new
plays written by women. Surveys and studies regularly find that plays by women make
up a fraction of theaters’ productions across the country. This year we will do our
part to highlight some amazing plays by women both classic and new. Oh and by the
way, this is definitely not a chick-flick season. There are some ground breaking award-
The first play of the year, opening October 2, will be the classic Toys In The Attic
by Lillian Hellman. Set in New Orleans following the Great Depression, the play
focuses on the Berniers sisters, two middle-aged spinsters who have sacrificed their
own ambitions to look after their ne’er-do-well younger brother Julian, whose grandi-
ose dreams repeatedly lead to financial disasters. When he unexpectedly returns home
accompanied by his emotionally unstable, childlike young bride Lily, her aloof, aristo-
cratic mother Albertine, and an unexplained large sum of money, Carrie and Anna
suddenly find that the position of power they have always held has become unbal-
anced, leaving their lives in chaos. This show plays October 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
In November, audiences are in for a real treat with Mr. Burns: The Post Electric
Play. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century,
following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization,
a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The
Simpsons episode Cape Feare entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and
other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles and pop songs) have
become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold
onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of
performance are created. This show will open November 20 and play November 20,
21, 27 and 28. December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. as well as December 6 at
Opening January 7, 2016 is Kayak by Jordan Hall. Winner of the 2010 Samuel
French Canadian Playwrights Contest. Alone on a vast stretch of water, Annie Iversen
recounts the strange chain of events that left her stranded in her son’s old kayak. A
doting suburban mother, Annie is blindsided when her son, Peter, falls in love with
Julie, a passionate environmental activist. Unable to reconcile herself to Julie’s radi-
cal worldview, Annie struggles desperately to keep Peter from falling further into the
young woman’s dangerous world. Climate change, s’mores, SUVs and Noah’s Ark are
all onstage as Annie sets out to save her son, and unwittingly throws herself into the
path of events larger than she ever could have imagined. This show will star Lauren
Drexler. Performances are January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and
January 17 at 2 p.m.
Keeping with Theatre Conspiracy’s latest initiative to produce work that is geared
towards minority artists, Theatre Conspiracy will open The Bluest Eyes by Lydia
Diamond based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Toni Morrison. This show will
open on February 5.
This critically-acclaimed adaptation follows three girls in post-depression Ohio.
Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove despises her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure
that love will follow. Claudia and Frieda McTeer are sisters who try to care for Pecola
when the rest of the community fails to do so. With rich language and bold vision, this
story examines standards of beauty, a young girl’s coming of age and the devastating
events she endures. Performances are February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8
p.m. as well as February 14 at 2 p.m.
What are the boundaries of reality? On March 4, The Nether opens, It’s a daring
examination of moral responsibility in virtual worlds by Jennifer Haley. It begins with a
familiar interrogation scene given a technological twist. As Detective Morris, an online
investigator, questions Mr. Sims about his activities in a role-playing realm so realistic
it could be life, she finds herself on slippery ethical ground. Their clash of wills leads
to a consequence neither could have imagined. Suspenseful, ingeniously constructed,
and fiercely intelligent, The Nether is chock full of twists and turns and surprises.
Performances are March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. as well as March
Closing out the season will be the winner of our 17th Annual New Play Contest.
The winning play will be announced in November. Once again, we received over 600
entries to the contest from all over the United States, Canada, England, France and
Australia. Due to fairness, we cannot guarantee the winner will be a female playwright.
at 2 p.m.
Individual tickets are $24. Season subscription packages: six shows for $114 ($19
a ticket) or five shows for $100 ($20 per ticket) or 4 shows for $88 ($22 per ticket).
Flex passes also available for $2 extra per person. For more information, call Theatre
Conspiracy’s box office at 936-3239 or visit www.theatreconspiracy.org.
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