photo by Pitkin StudioThis afternoon, Jeff and I are going to a preview performance of Gee's Bend, a play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. I've been fortunate enough to be able to see three exhibitions of the Quilts of Gee's Bend over the past ten years or so, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of those extraordinary women brought to life on the stage. Here's the synopsis from the Playhouse's website:
Interwoven with gospel music, Gee’s Bend, a heartwarming and powerful play by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, celebrates the human spirit. The inspiring story of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who sew quilts that turn out to be magnificent works of art, and their deeply personal journey which parallels the turbulent history of African-Americans in the 20th century. The true story of these wonderful women has already touched millions who viewed their stunning quilt work through a national exhibition tour and features in Newsweek and Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.
The play runs through April 9, so if you're in the Cincinnati area, I encourage you to check it out.