Quilters to Return to Denver, Where It Was First Sewn; Brady, Mugleston, Flood Among Cast

News   Quilters to Return to Denver, Where It Was First Sewn; Brady, Mugleston, Flood Among Cast
 
Quilters, Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek's popular musical about American pioneer women, reappears in a new spring production by Denver Center Theatre Company, which produced the premiere 27 years ago. The intimate show went on to be one of the most-produced titles in American regional theatres in the 1980s.
Kathleen M. Brady (center) with (clockwise from left:) Christine Rowan, Linda Mugleston, Victoria Adams-Zischke, Jeff Skowron, Kara Lindsay and Susannah Flood
Kathleen M. Brady (center) with (clockwise from left:) Christine Rowan, Linda Mugleston, Victoria Adams-Zischke, Jeff Skowron, Kara Lindsay and Susannah Flood Photo by Kyle Malone

Casting for director Penny Metropulos' May 22-July 12 production at DCTC's The Stage Theatre was announced on April 22. Opening is May 28.

Leading the cast is original Quilters touring company member and popular Denver actress Kathleen M. Brady as Sarah. The acting ensemble includes DCTC company member Christine Rowan and, appearing on Denver Center stages for the first time, Victoria Adams-Zischke, Susannah Flood, Kara Lindsay, Linda Mugleston (Young Frankenstein, Wonderful Town on Broadway) and Jeff Skowron (Broadway's The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast).

DCTC presented the show's world premiere in fall 1982. Quilters made it to Broadway in 1984 and earned six 1985 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

The folky show has music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek and book by Damashek and Newman based on "The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art" by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.

According to DCTC, "Quilters was inspired by the real life diaries and letters of pioneer women in the American West, written as they braved the dangers and hardships of life on the frontier — a loving patchwork stitched together with music, moments of vibrant and passionate drama, joy, laughter and tears." The musical director is Sterling Tinsley. Associate music director and conductor is Deborah Schmidt-Lobis.

"Inspired by early photographs of the stark Western prairie and wide, empty horizon," the design is created by scenic designer William Bloodgood, costume designer Constanza Romero, lighting designer Don Darnutzer and sound designer Craig Breitenbach.

Dramaturgy for Quilters is by Douglas Langworthy.

For more information call (303) 893-4100 or visit www.denvercenter.org.

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