July 28, 2015
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Quilters opens at Cottage Theatre on August 14
Cottage Grove, OR — A chapter of American history comes alive on stage in August, as Cottage Theatre presents Quilters, a musical patchwork of pioneer life. This fourth production of Cottage Theatre's 2015 season is written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek and is based on The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. Quilters opens August 14 for a three-weekend run at Cottage Theatre.
Based on true narratives of pioneer women, Quilters dramatizes the strenuous realities of 1800s frontier life. Prairie fires, twisters, starvation, and death are interspersed with lively, and often humorous, accounts of cabin construction, courtship, and childhood pranks. The patterns of life ─ the dark times contrasted with the light ─ are reflected in the women’s quilts, as are the connection, strength, and creativity they shared. Just as singing and dancing have helped people survive and celebrate their lives, so too music and dance enliven this show. The message is universal and timeless: human survival depends upon our ability to embrace both laughter and tears.
Cottage Theatre's production of Quilters is directed by Eliza Roaring Springs, with musical direction by Catricia Mayhue, and choreography by Nancy Anderson. The all-female cast features Brenda Sawyer as the mother, and Stefhani Anderson, Siv Serene Barnum, Amber Brower, Rosalia D'Amato, Donia Hovet, Annie Read Pusey, Madeleine Sisson, and Nancy Anderson as her daughters.
Quilters runs for eleven performances at Cottage Theatre from August 14 - 30, 2015. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for youth (age 6 to 18). Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances.
In conjunction with this production, the Cottage Grove Museum will hold a special exhibit of historic quilts from their collection. Cottage Quilts: Piecing Together Our Past features 100 years of quilts from the museum collection dating from 1840 through 1940. Special museum hours during the run of Cottage Theatre's Quilters are Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, 1:00-6:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm. The museum is housed in a unique, octagonal, National Register listed building constructed in 1897 and located just blocks from Historic Downtown Cottage Grove at 147 N. H Street. Admission to the museum is free.