‘Quilters’ brings love and laughter to the Lamar stage
“Quilters,” a joyous and moving musical celebration of American womanhood and the pioneer spirit, opens the 2012-13 season for Lamar University’s Department of Theatre & Dance on Thursday, Oct. 11. The play will run through Oct. 14.
Rather than a straightforward storyline, the play, written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, is presented as a series of interrelated short tales matched with musical numbers, each presenting an aspect of frontier life or womanhood.
“It’s almost more of a collage instead of one continuous storyline. Each story is related to one quilt block, and the whole play then fits together like a quilt,” said director Ron Zank, visiting instructor of theatre.
Set in the American West, “Quilters” follows a pioneer named Sarah, and several other women referred to as her “daughters,” as they face frontier life. The scenes or “blocks” touch on first love and romance, the bonds of sisterhood, marriage and childbirth, as well as the trials and tribulations of illness and death.
“I think there are definitely social issues that we can all relate to, such as finding balance in family life, and the challenge of meeting appropriate people to marry,” said Zank. “The characters even confront large-scale challenges such national disasters. Through it all, the play skillfully blends elements of both drama and comedy. There’s lots of very funny stuff a contemporary audience can connect to.”
The cast features Maci McFarlin, of Nederland, as Sarah. The daughters are played by Rebecca Aswell, Bastrop, La.; Natalie Cardona, Amber Chambers, Kimberly Correia, Beaumont; Hilary Hayes, Silsbee; Natalie Sell, Spring; Savannah Tipton, Clovis, N.M., and Evan Weathington, Beaumont.
The production of “Quilters” is part of an interdisciplinary view into the world of quilting sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Other quilting events at Lamar this fall include the Quilt National exhibition at the Dishman Art Museum, and a number of artists’ talks and workshops. To find out more about these quilt-related events, visit lamar.edu/cofac.
Performances of “Quilters” will be in the University Theatre, 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway on the Lamar campus. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 – 12, and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, students and LU faculty/staff; and $7 for LU students.
Call (409) 880-2250 for reservations and additional information, or visit lamar.edu/theatre.