A Stitch in Time

Quilters tells the tale of pioneer women through fabric and song.

The Tony-nominated musical Quilters began its run 26 years ago when the Denver Center Theatre Company breathed life into the production. “Even though Quilters wasn’t the first production we did, it was one of the first world premieres, and certainly the first premiere to go on to critical success,” says spokesman Chris Wiger, adding that artistic director Kent Thompson “wanted a way to tie our thirtieth season to the history of the company.”

Quilters is based on the real diaries and letters of frontier women whose lives were filled with obstacles but who managed to find the time to stitch together warm, beautiful coverings for their families. The musical follows the story of Sarah, a pioneer woman, and her six daughters; Sarah is piecing together her last project, the Legacy Quilt. As she moves from quilt block to quilt block, explaining the significance of each, she explains life on the frontier, stitching childbirth, wagon travel, one-room schoolhouses, marriage and family into a cohesive whole. “It’s a way to kind of end the season, with a warm-fuzzy story of women overcoming incredible obstacles,” notes Wiger. “I think it just was the right time to bring it back.”

The show opens tonight and runs through July 12 in the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Stage Theatre; tickets start at $36. Call 303-893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.
May 22-July 21, 2009

 
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