Gee's Bend

by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder


February 7 - 23, 2014 

GB Ladies

  TIMES:
  Thursday – Saturday 8:00 PM
  Sunday 2:00 PM

  TICKET PRICES: 
  At the Door:
  General  $30.00
  Student/Senior:  $25.00

 

Gee's Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama.  Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie's husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement. 


Cast & Crew List:

Alice/Asia:  Marty Casey*
Sadie:  Jacqueline Thompson
Nella:  Alicia Like
Macon:  Reginald Pierre

Director: Deanna Jent
Stage Manager: Katie Donnelly
Asst. Stage Manager/Wardrobe: Emma Bruntrager
Set Design: Kyra Bishop
Light Design:  Bess Moynihan
Costume Design:  Jane Sullivan
Sound Design:  Tricia Duffin
Props Master:  Meg Brinkley
Dialect Coach:  Sydney Frasure
Production Manager: Meg Brinkley
Shop Supervisor:  Jon Hisaw
Technical Director:  Michael Sullivan
Light Board Operator:  Frances Garren
Sound Board Operator:  Traci Clapper
House Manager: Tanya Tweedy
Box Office Assistants: London Reynolds & Marki Miller

 

Director’s Note

 

The community of Gee's Bend (whose official name is Boykin) is situated in West Alabama in the bend of the Alabama River.  Joseph Gee came to fertile land in the bend of the river in 1816 to grow cotton. He brought 18 enslaved blacks with him and established a plantation.  In 1845 the Gee brothers sold the plantation to a relative, Mark H. Pettway. 

During the 1930s, Gee's Bend saw a considerable shift in their community. A merchant who had given credit to the families of the Bend died and his family collected on debts owed to him in a most vicious way. The families watched as all their food, animals, tools and seed were taken away.  Farm Security Administration became involved and set up Gee's Bend Farms, Inc.-a pilot project that was a cooperative based program to help sustain the inhabitants. The government built "Roosevelt" houses and sold tracks of land to the families of the bend, thus giving the African American population control over the land.  In the 1960s, 70s, 90s, and in the present, the community of Gee's Bend gained a significant amount of national attention for the quilts produced there.  In the late 1990s, a folk art collector from Atlanta, Georgia, after seeing a photograph made by Roland Freeman of a quilt draped over a wood pile, went to the region and bought hundreds of quilts. The pieces have been heralded as brilliant pieces of modern art.  The collection of quilts from Gee's Bend was first shown at the Houston Museum of Art, before traveling to the Whitney Museum in New York, where high-acclaim continued to flow regarding the quilts.

Article by Kyes Stephens

http://www.auburn.edu/academic/other/geesbend/explore/history.html

 

 

 

 

 


Production Photos


In the Media

Gee's Bend: KDHX
Gee's Bend: Stagedoor Review
Gee's Bend: Ladue News Review
Gee's Bend: STL Today Review
Gee's Bend: Broadway World Review
Gee's Bend: Snoop's Blog
Gee's Bend: St. Louis Public Radio
Gee's Bend: STL Today Article



Program

Gee's Bend: Show Program

 

 

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