Parkway Playhouse’s 69th Mainstage season will open on May 2, with the quirky and eccentric screwball comedy The Quiltmaker, written by Abingdon, Virginia based playwright Catherine Bush. Performances are all at Parkway Playhouse’s historic venue located at at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, North Carolina; a mountain community located north of Asheville. 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00pm on Sundays through May 16. Tickets range from $10 to $18 and can be purchased by calling or visiting Parkway Playhouse’s Box Office (828-682-4285) or online at www.parkwayplayhouse.com.
Set in the fictional town of Mud Creek, Kentucky, The Quiltmaker deals with the testing of loyalties as long forgotten secrets come to light. Ever since her husband’s death, Ida May has supported her family by selling her beautiful hand-stitched quilts, and what appears to be beauty supplies. But times are changing. Ida May’s granddaughter Cindy has married the hated son of a rival moonshining family, her son Ronnie is having an affair with his best friend’s wife and Sheriff Ham Terhune is cracking down on the epidemic drug spree sweeping the area. As Ida May struggles to maintain control over her “family”, truths are told and many assumptions are seen in a new light.
“The Quiltmaker is at once a highly entertaining and funny parable about the dysfunction of families. The characters in the play are familiar, and yet unpredictable and uproariously drawn. This is a play that continues our effort to showcase work that is regionally written and created and it is our second collaboration with the talented Catherine Bush, who wrote is the resident playwright of the acclaimed Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia.” ~Parkway Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Andrew Gall
Parkway Playhouse produced Ms. Bush’s adaptation of Clive Edgerton’s novel Walking Across Egypt in 2014.
Parkway Playhouse’s production is the North Carolina premiere of The Quiltmaker. The production is being directed by Kristen Donelle Livengood and features Alesa Bryant, Steve Elderbrock, Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, Will Storrs, and Mike Yow. All are regionally based actors, many of them with long histories of appearances on Parkway Playhouse’s stage.
Parkway Playhouse, located in Burnsville, NC, and opened its first production in 1947. Since then, it has entertained thousands and has served as a launching pad for emerging performing artists from North Carolina to hone their skills alongside accomplished professionals. Parkway Playhouse alumni have gone on to remarkable careers within the performing arts, film, and television; winning awards such as the Obie, Emmy, and Tony for their accomplishments.
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