Special to the Journal
Albany, Ga. –- Theatre Albany will celebrate Black History month when it opens its production of “Gee’s Bend” by Elizabeth Gregory Wilder, Thursday, February 2. Gee’s Bend received its world premiere in 2007 as part of the Southern Writer’s Project at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The play depicts the turbulent history of African-Americans in the 20th century by focusing on a single family in the real community of Gee’s Bend, AL, which is now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. Gospel songs weave in and out of this hauntingly beautiful work. “It is a moving, lyric and poignant play,” noted director Mark Costello, “a testament to the strength and perseverance of these ladies through difficult times. They are simple folks trying to live their lives and the worlds their quilts open for them.” Costello was also quick to point out that the play is filled with much humor.
Featured in the production are Valerie Williams as Sadie, Geneva Fields as Nella, Patricia Randall-Alford as Alice/Asia and T. A. Gatling as Macon. The production is being directed by Mark Costello with the set designed by Steve Felmet. Mary Lou Beasley is the stage manager.
Performances are scheduled for February 2, 3, 4 / 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees February 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the theatre located at 514 Pine Avenue. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (229) 439-7141.