Thursday, May 29, 2008

COM: Quilters opening

On The Point Stage:
Quilters Opens Friday, May 30

Our first production of the 2008 summer season, "Quilters," opens on the outdoor stage Friday at 8:30 p.m. Directed by David Cockerell, "Quilters" is a musical about a pioneer woman and her daughters sharing stories and songs through their beautiful handmade quilts.

Opening night includes a pre-show reception in the Duncan-McAshan Visual Arts Gallery and a post-show reception to meet the cast and crew. Opening weekend also includes performances on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

The play, by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek with lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek, runs for three weeks through June 14. "Quilters" is based on the book "The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art," by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.

Quilters has been described by Newsweek as "...a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in the breeze of memory." The original Broadway production earned six Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.

The Point cast includes Joan Bryson, Suzanne Edwards, Sonja Johnson, Rebecca Leggett, Maggie Meek, Nancy Reagan, and Beverly A. Vincent.

Cockerell is no stranger to "Quilters" as he directed it in 1988 during his tenure as theatre director from 1985-1990 at The Point. Most recently, he directed The Point's production of "Cinderella" in the summer of 2006. For the best seating, call the Box Office now at 830-367-5121.

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