- Heather Osteraa
“Quilters:” Stories of the Women Who Pioneered America’s Western Expansion
Part of The Western Stage’s SpringFEST 2019
To culminate SpringFEST 2019, The Western Stage presents “Quilters,” written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, with music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek. It is a musical about the women who settled the nation, based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. Presented in a series of short tales and tableaus matched with musical numbers, “Quilters” is a celebration of women as told through the art of quilting.
PERFORMS: April 26th (7:30pm), April 27th-28th (2:00pm & 6:00pm) on the Mainstage Theater at Hartnell College. $10 general seating. Www.westernstage.com/tickets or at the Box Office: 831-755-6816 (Open Tues – Sat, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.).
With an ensemble ranging in age from 11 to – well, let’s say elder – the musical weaves together a beautiful collection of stories from women who came to America from all corners of the globe during the Great Westward Expansion of the early 19th century, seeking a new life and a fresh start in America’s uncharted plains. Their stories reveal the hardships, joys, and triumphs of life out west, and the ways in which women drew strength from, and shared joys with, one another to endure the toughest and the best of times.
The Western Stage’s SpringFEST showcases leading, local artists whose many voices engage us in conversation, honor historical events while viewing them with a contemporary eye, and reflect the evolution of who we are. Our theme this year is Quest for Humanity: Different Stories, One Community. These are powerful experiences, unique in form, and the signature of Live Theatre.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact the Box Office at least one week prior to the event: 831-755-6816
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