"Quilters" takes the audience through many years and many people's lives, hardships, friendships, courtships, all set against the backdrop of quilt that was 19th-century America.
Seven actresses play all the parts. In each new scene, new stories emerge, moving from one block of the quilt to the next.
The story begins with Sarah and her six daughters. Sarah is making her legacy quilt, at the center of which is the Tree of Life, signifying that life goes on through the generations. And through the different quilt squares, the stories flow with love and laughter and tenderness, along with tears and hardship and perseverance.
"Quilters" will be performed April 27 and 28, and May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8 p.m., and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. Performances take place at the Creative Arts Theatre Complex, 250 School St. in Pittsburg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Group rates are also available. For information and reservations, call 439-PLAY.
The cast of "Quilters" includes Pittsburg resident Honey O'Leary in the role of Sarah; Laura Martin of Chapin Pinole; Pittsburg residents Adele Ford Chase, Lisa Gonzalez and Kirsten Ward; Robin Shrout of Oakley; and Antioch resident Lois Johnson.
The finished legacy quilt, The Tree of Life, will be raffled off at the final performance. Audience members during the run of the production will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win this beautiful quilt. The quilt (and identical quilt squares presented within the production) were created by individuals associated with Queen B's Quilt Shop, 720 W. Second St. in Antioch, owned by Bernie Cabrera. The actual quilters include Bobbie Ball, Terry Mat, JoAnn Cookman, Kathy Anderson, Janice Beasley, Linda Crane, Pat Wright, Thomas West, Devi Lanphere, Myrdel Dybdal, Ellie Conley and Jan Howard.