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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Arden Theatre Presents Gee's Bend-The Play

My regular readers know that I have encouraged them and their families to visit The Philadelphia Museum of Art and see Gee’s Bend; The Architecture of the Quilt. I have posted several stories about this exhibition which closes on December 14, 2008.

There are many events happening around the Philadelphia area that complement this exhibition. One of these events is the play Gee’s Bend which is currently being staged at the Arden Theatre Company. I went on November 16th with my Girls' Friendly Society group to see this play which was written by Elizabeth Gregory Wilder.

What an amazing play about family and about how everyday struggles are linked to bigger struggles. Gee’s Bend is a town in Alabama where the play takes place during the Civil Rights Movement. The play revolves around two sisters and their mother and how their quilt-making is a metaphor (I’m learning about metaphors) for family, protection and the struggle to move forward. The youngest sister meets a man and gets married. He builds their home and they decide never to lock their doors. They face many challenges together from trying to get voting rights to protesting against other injustices. This married couple sometimes doesn’t see eye to eye, but it’s up to you to see what happens in their lives. See the play!!!

The play’s dialogue and its beautiful, moving music and how effectively these two things moved me, now makes me open to the idea of exploring what a playwright does. I would like to leave a heartfelt impression on an audience. Gee’s Bend director was also a woman; Eleanor Holdridge. How inspiring!!! Both Wilder and Holdridge are great role models. And if you’re interested in the theatre, there is so much more than just acting. You can write, direct, design the set, design the costumes and do the stage lighting to name a few things.

If you are looking for a play that’s entertaining, moving and full of history , then Gee’s Bend is for you. Tell your parents and the other big people in your lives to take you. They’ll enjoy it just as well.

I also want to thank the Arden Theatre for giving the members of the GFS the tickets for Gee's Bend. This was a phenomenal opportunity for us as young people. We thank you.

Gee’s Bend continues at the Arden Theatre until December 7, 2008. For more information call 215-922-1122.

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