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Division of Theatre & Dance to present ‘Quilters’

Friday, November 07, 2008JOHNSON CITY – “Quilters,” the Tony Award-winning musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, will be presented this month by the East Tennessee State University Division of Theatre and Dance.

This story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, who come together to complete what the mother believes will be her last quilt, has been described as “a celebration of American womanhood” as seen in the lives of the characters and the stories they shared while making their quilts. “These pioneer women of the mountains and the prairies came together to make their quilts, and in the stories they brought to life, in the patches they stitched together, they created a unique American art form and they also forged a nation.”

“Who would have thought that quilts, quilting – quilters – had so much joy and pain, laughter and tears, so much life, beauty and drama in them?” writes Drama-Logue. The New York Post calls it “a thing of beauty, comfort and joy,” while Newsweek writes that it is “a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in the breeze of memory.”

“Quilters” is directed by Cara Harker with sound and lighting, scenery, and costumes designed by Melissa Shafer, Dr. Delbert Hall and Karen Brewster respectively. All are faculty members in the Division of Theatre and Dance in the ETSU Department of Communication.

Performances are Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Bud Frank Theatre on the ground floor of Gilbreath Hall. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for students with ID. Signing for the hearing impaired will be provided during the Sunday performance.

For tickets, more information, or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Division of Theatre and Dance at (423) 439-7576 or 439-6511.

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