Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, collectively known as JONES HOPE WOOTEN, are three of the most popular and widely-produced playwrights in the United States. They specialize in laugh-out-loud comedies and creating vivid roles for women. Their commitment to supporting local theatres across the nation has built them a following of legions of loyal fans.
Often referred to as “America’s Playwrights,” between them, they’ve written classic television, hit movies, Off-Broadway comedy and their plays are published exclusively by Dramatists Play Service. Thousands of productions of their comedies – including popular perennials like “The Dixie Swim Club,” “Dearly Beloved,” “Christmas Belles,” “The Red Velvet Cake War,” “Always a Bridesmaid,” and “The Savannah Sipping Society” have entertained millions of theatre-goers across the nation and around the world.
This season the Vero Beach Theatre Guild will open and close with two renowned Jones Hope Wooten comedies. The Dixie Swim Club will open on July 10th and follows five Southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team. Every August they set aside a long weekend to reunite and recharge those friendships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same North Carolina Outer Banks beach cottage to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. Over a period of 30 years their lives unfold and what follows is hilarious banter and raucous repartee. In the second act, a wrench is thrown into one of their lives and the rest of the group rallies around her, proving the power of the teamwork they learned so many years before. Their strength and love take this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
The last show of the Guild season will feature another play by the dynamic comedy team. The Savannah Sipping Society, which opens on May 7, 2019, is a delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy about four unique women looking to escape the monotony of their daily routines. Drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour, they decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life that they’ve lost over the years. Laughter, hilarious misadventures and the occasional liquid refreshment are at the center of the confidence they find to jumpstart their new lives.
Art Pingree directs the season opener, “The Dixie Swim Club.” Art is the talent behind many of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild’s numerous farces having directed last season’s “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig as well as those from previous years such as “Cash on Delivery,” “Whose Wives Are They Anyway,” and “Run for Your Wife.” Additionally for the Guild, Art has directed the mystery “Deathtrap” and last season’s comedy “The Lady with All the Answers.” Art began his theatrical career over 50 years ago. Forty of those were spent pounding the streets of New York City, working Off-Broadway, many dinner theaters, summer stock playhouses and landing his share of on-camera commercials. Now retired, Art has been directing for over ten years.