Photo by Chanse Simpson.

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

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Cindy Taylor Bennett (played by Mary Katherine Smith-Gall) and Jackson Bennett (played by Will Storrs). Photo by Chanse Simpson.

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.

Juanita Jenkins (played by Andrea Marino). Photo by Chanse Simpson

“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

Ronnie Combs (played by Steve Elderbrock). Photo by Chanse Simpson.

Parkway Playhouse produced Ms. Bush’s adaptation of Clive Edgerton’s novel Walking Across Egypt in 2014.

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Ham Terhune (played by Mike Yow). Photo by Chanse Simpson.

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.

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Ida May Combs (played by Alesa Bryant). Photo by Chanse Simpson.

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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To purchase tickets for this production, CLICK HERE.

To watch a video preview of this production, CLICK HERE.


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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