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Lake City Playhouse’s ‘Quilters’ shares the hardships, successes of pioneer women

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Alyssa Day will play Dana in “Quilters,” opening this weekend at Lake City Playhouse. (Courtesy)
Alyssa Day will play Dana in “Quilters,” opening this weekend at Lake City Playhouse. (Courtesy)

If you’re going to stage a musical during Women’s History Month, Lake City Playhouse’s choice of “Quilters” is a good one.

The musical, based on Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen’s “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art,” tells the story of seven pioneer women in the American West through a collection of short skits, monologues and songs.

Each segment represents an aspect of frontier life or what it means to be a woman, both positive and negative.

At the beginning of each segment, an actor unfolds a piece of quilting. The design of each piece represents an aspect of frontier life, everything from marriage, school and childbirth to fire, religion and illness.

Piece by piece, story by story, the actors paint, or rather quilt, a picture of the multifaceted lives of pioneer women.

“Quilters,” with a book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek and music and lyrics by Damashek, opens at Lake City Playhouse on Friday and runs through April 8.

Lake City’s production of “Quilters” stars Teri DeCorte Grubbs as Sarah, Jeanne Marie Hurst McPherson as Jenny, Alyssa Day as Dana, Makena Barnett as Lisa, Claire Partridge as Jody, Julie Powell as Margaret and Elodie Chen as Jane.

The musical is directed by Lorna Hamilton and stage managed by Elizabeth Friedrick.


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