Quilters of Gee’s Bend to discuss play about their lives

Posted September 4th, 2008 at 1:21 pm.

Sunday, September 14, 2008. Event: Discussion of Gee’s Bend
Time: 6:00 pm, Location: Arden Theatre

On September 14th, 20 members of the Bryn Mawr Community attended a
discussion at the Arden Theatre of Philadelphia with award-winning
playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and a group of the celebrated
quilters of Gee’s Bend. The quilters – ranging in ages 40 through 92
– shared their riveting stories of poverty and segregation and their
rise to fame through quilting with a rapt audience. The event was
organized by 2008-2009 Hepburn Fellow and Managing Director of the
Arden Theatre Company Amy Murphy, in celebration of the Arden’s
upcoming production of Gee’s Bend, a play about a group of
African-American women in Alabama who turned to quilting as a way to
cope with poverty, segregation, and family problems. On November
13th, The Hepburn Center will be going to see the much anticipated
production of Gee’s Bend at the Arden. Many Bryn Mawr students,
staff, and faculty have already signed up for this event (tickets are
complimentary), but there are a few seats left. If you want to attend
the production you should contact Hepburn Center Director Leslie Rescorla.

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