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Winning Play - The Seamstress
by Cece Dwyer

Production Dates: January 10 - 26, 2014
at Hickory Community Theatre

About The Seamstress:

The Seamstress, is set in 1916 when women’s rights were far from equal and wives were required to be submissive to their husbands. Andorra Hamilton, a young and highly sought after seamstress, is hired by Cynthia McFarland, the wife of a wealthy, albeit abusive and licentious husband. As her services include taking up residence with clients, Andorra witnesses the unraveling of the abusive threads of this marriage, and that not all things are designed to be mended.

About Cece Dwyer:

Originally from Louisville KY, as a teen Cece danced three seasons with the Louisville Ballet Company. She performed in community theatre, industrial shows, dinner theatre, TV, and as lead dancer and featured performer in The Stephen Foster Story.

She went on to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studios in NYC. There, serendipity stepped in when she met and married Denis, and began her role as Mom to Amanda, now an awarding-winning TV producer in NYC.

Moving to the NJ suburbs, she again performed in community theatre, learning the art of costume and set design along the way. She served on the Board of Directors and subsequently as President of the Board of Trustees at The Barn Theatre in Montville, spanning 25-plus years.

Favorite roles include Fastrada in Pippin, Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Lillian LaFleur in Nine. She lists An Inspector Calls, The Secret Garden, A Few Good Men, Pippin, and Blithe Spirit among her best-loved set designs. Costume design favorites include Sugar, Follies, Camelot, The Heiress, Sylvia, Working, Chicago, and Mame.

Denis retired as a VP for Metropolitan Life, and they moved to Sarasota FL in 2002. As a breast cancer survivor, Cece was performing in a one-minute play competition to raise money for breast cancer research. On a whim, she entered a few plays and they were winners. In five years, this event raised over $100,000 and she went on to write much longer plays.

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