Quilters Northern Arizona University Written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek Directed by Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy Music Direction by Stephanie Galloway Stage Management by Kathryn Little Scenic Design by Steven House Costume Design by Jennifer Peterson Lighting and Sound Design by Ben Alexander Properties Design: Ben Grohs Photo Credits: Ben Alexander
For me, Quilters is a play about origins. Although the text tells the specific story of Sarah and her daughters, what’s woven into the words are bigger narratives of heritage and of tradition. Of the things and the stories that we make and pass down, and that become integral pieces of who we are. These connections between daughters, mothers, and grandmothers lie at the heart of the play. Quilters tells women’s stories—stories of pain and of triumph which, if we’re not careful, can become lost in the heroic American narrative of westward expansion and exploration. In its celebration of both the mundane and the monumental aspects of women’s lives, Quilters gives voice to the voiceless, drawing our attention beautifully and urgently to the stories we haven’t heard—the ones that need to be told.