Playwright Bo Wilson says his latest play started in part because he wanted to put five wisecracking women in a room together and see what would happen. Thus, The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church, directed by Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Bruce Miller, makes its world premiere run July 18 to Aug. 24 at the Hanover Tavern stage. The premise of flooded roads and washed-out bridges stranding the characters in a church basement is one that allowed Wilson to write for actors he respects, including his wife, Jan Guarino, along with Cathy Shaffner and Debra Wagoner. Two accomplished regional actors, Louise Keeton and Donna Marie Miller, join them. Wilson recalls when giving his pitch to Miller, Virginia Rep’s artistic director, he had six women in mind. “As he was walking away, Bruce, over his shoulder said, ‘Five is better,’ ” Wilson chuckles. “He was right.” 8 p.m., with several 2 p.m. performances. $36. 282-2620 or va-rep.org.