She said the show focuses on women, the stories of their lives and how they make an emotional connection with the clothes they wear.
She giggled as she described casting the play and how some of the actresses seemed fated to play particular characters. For instance, Terry Terpening, who will perform a monologue titled "I Hate Purses," detests handbags and never carries one. Actress Amber Surface, who will play a bride-to-be, is soon to be married in real life.
Carter was unaware of these similarities while casting. She pointed to them as examples of kismet.
The play is different from the big musicals and theatrical spectacle of Carter's past. She was intrigued with the ways in which it is so dissimilar from things usually performed on the local stage.
There is minimal set design -- only a few bar stools and some music stands for scripts -- and only a few scenes include interaction or dialogue between actors.
The costumes consist of the actors' own clothes; their only instruction being that it should be comfortable and must be black. Poster-size reproductions of the original clothing sketches by Ilene Beckman allow the audience to see what the author envisioned without distraction from loud costumes.
Carter described the play's original script as long flowing monologues where several pages go by without paragraph breaks. She had the freedom to pick and choose vignettes, allowing her to tailor the play and give it a more personal feel.
The eight women who make up the cast took an active role in the script. Instead of dictating notes line by line, Carter asked them to take the script home and find the natural breaks and breaths. She felt like this gave each actor more ownership of the work.
In addition to celebrating women, "Love, Loss and What I Wore" will support women. The final night of the show, April 13, is a joint fundraiser for the Charleston Stage Company and the YWCA's Sojourner's Women's Shelter.
Tickets to that performance are $25 and will include a reception afterwards with wine and food. There will be the opportunity to win one of several door prizes, including gift certificates from Mission Savvy Juice Bar Cafe, Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille and Savvy Chic Boutique & Consignment.