AU Theatre to host Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Gee’s Bend”

AUBURN – The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s world premiere production of “Gee’s Bend, ” a drama with music based on the life of a rural Alabama quiltmaker, will come to Auburn University Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

ASF commissioned Mobile native Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder to write a play for its new play development program, the Southern Writers’ Project. Wilder’s plays have been produced in London and New York and she recently wrote for the prime-time TV series “Love Monkey.”

Wilder’s play, set in the Wilcox county community of Gee’s Bend, follows the lives of Sadie Pettway and her family from the Depression to the Civil Rights era – when the Gee’s Bend Ferry was closed and the community became even more isolated – into the present day.

“We’re delighted to welcome this wonderful new ASF production to AU Theatre,” said Dan LaRocque, AU Theatre professor and chair. “This is a unique opportunity to share a professionally produced new play with local audiences about a cherished aspect of our state’s cultural heritage.”

The performance at AU is part of a statewide tour, following a sold-out run at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, with stops in Selma, Camden, Fairhope, Gee’s Bend, Marion and the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham.

The Auburn performance is free to AU students, thanks to generous support from AU President Ed Richardson, and tickets for the performance are also available through the Opelika Arts Association.

For information on ticket prices and availability, call (334) 844-4154 or (334) 749-8105.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.

This project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

(Contributed by Linda Bell.)

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