Overview


Synopsis

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. Throughout their lives, the women's extraordinary quilts provide a respite from the turmoil around them. In the last act of the play, it is the year 2000; the quilts have been discovered as folk art and have become very valuable. Sadie is pleased with the recognition, but despite the lure of the big city, she returns to Gee's Bend and continues to quilt. Wilder's play explores the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
2008
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
gee's bend, alabama, 1930s, 1960s, 1980s
Cast Size
small
Licensor:
Ideal For
community theatre, professional theatre, blackbox, small cast, female-forward, female-heavy cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult characters

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