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Director comments on 'Charitable Sisterhood'

"The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church," a heartwarming comedy by Bo Wilson, will be performed March 22 through April 7 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the main theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Director Lindsay Fitzgerald says audiences can expect to be entertained with a story of community-building told with a great deal of humor and heart.

"This show speaks about filling the need of community, particularly through church. Finding a place where people gather to help one another, lend support when and where it's needed, and to bring people together who might not have anywhere else to turn," she said.

The play is set in Pennington Gap, Virginia, a small town full of good people working to make the world just a little bit better. The women of the congregation gather to do a mission-based project. As a storm rages outside, they share their stories, hopes and challenges.

"It's a show that goes to some deep, dark places in these characters' lives, but still manages to make you laugh out loud along the way," says Fitzgerald.

Half of the cast are veterans of past Phipps productions and half are new.

"This cast is hilarious and outstandingly talented. We seriously have so much fun at rehearsal, I can't wait to bring this same joy to audiences," Fitzgerald said. "As always, The Phipps promises to bring you a great story told on a beautiful set with wonderful design elements. This theater community really knows how to put on a great show."

"The thing I like most about this show is the message. I love that it says building a church community is so important. I love that this is a story told by women, and about women coming together to help each other in some of their most desperate times of need. I love that through humor and heart, they weave this beautiful story about finding comfort and taking sanctuary in God's house. Audiences can expect to walk away from this show feeling uplifted," she added.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at