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Baring it all: SCT’s ‘Calendar Girls’ a testament of friendship at heart – LORI GILBERT

“What was really exciting about it is it’s a play, at its core, about female friendship,” said Beth Lopes, a Los Angeles-based guest director. “This is about female friendship and holding each other up through dark times. There’s also a lot of comedy too, and the outrageous calendar. The story that’s important to me is women seizing ownership of their bodies. For a lot of women, in America specifically, their worth is tied to youth a lot of times. This play is a testament to women being sexy, powerful and worthwhile at any age. That’s mirrored in the characters and the company of actors playing them. They’re incredible. It feels very important right now to be doing a play about strong, intelligent, brave women holding each other up.”