'Gee's Bend' reading at Piven

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Piven Theatre are collaborating to celebrate Black History Month with a dramatic reading of one this century’s most highly acclaimed plays, “Gee’s Bend” by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder.
The reading will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, in the Piven Theatre space at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.
Receptions will be held before and after the staged reading in the building’s Noyes Gallery. This event coincides with the art exhibition, “Stitched in Tradition: Arts Quilts of the Black Threads Collective,” which opened Jan. 9 and runs through the end of February at the Noyes Gallery.
Admission to the reading and receptions is free and open to the public.
Wilder’s play explores the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art. “Gee’s Bend” is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Ala.
Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice and her family 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 she returns to Gee’s Bend and continues to quilt.

Feb 4 2013 - 7:00pm

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