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Female students featured in "The Dixie Swim Club"

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The Dixie Swim Club, a comedy about five Southern women, opens for five shows, Jan. 14-17. Their friendships began during college and are renewed yearly at a special getaway. The play showcases the College’s many actresses, says director Deborah Palmes, professor of theatre and chair of the Division of Arts and Letters. Originally written for five females, Palmes incorporates 15 student actors in a creative way. Written by three comic playwrights, The Dixie Swim Club will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 15, 16, and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Madden Theatre. Tickets are $10/adults, $8/students and senior citizens; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit This new and touching comedy centers on women who became friends on their college swim team. The women set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their 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 production focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 45 years. 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 and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends prove the enduring power of teamwork and rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a surprising direction.