DeJavu Theatre Productions, in partnership with Livia Genise Productions, presents “Quilters, the Musical” By Barbara Damashek and Molly Newman
Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Quilters” blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. This heartfelt musical uses the illuminating stories contained in various patches or "blocks" and intersperses them with music, dance and drama, In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.
"QUILTERS is a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort and joy." —NY Post.
"…a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in the breeze of memory." —Newsweek.
Directed by Livia Genise, with Musical Direction by Brian Kerns and Choreography by Daniel Sessions Stephens, “Quilters, the Musical” stars Renée Hewitt, Kathleen King, Lindee Newman, Cheryl Goodman-Morris, Kendra Taylor, Dianna Warner and Kaitie Warner. Donna Woolsey is on keyboards and Madelyn Bryan Stage Manages.
“Quilters, the Musical” runs for only two weeks and plays Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21 @ 8 PM and Sunday, July 22 @ 2 PM. It resumes the following week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 26, 27, & 28 @ 8 PM and Sunday, June 29 @ 2 PM. All performances are at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd. (at Siskiyou Blvd.) in Ashland. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by check or cash at Paddington Station in Ashland after July 1 and online at LiviaGeniseProductions.org. Tickets are also available, space permitting, at the door. Oregon Trail Cards ($5) will be honored at the door.
Artistic & Production Biographies
Starlie Bertrand ~ Sound/Video Operator
Starlie Bertrand’s most notable role in theatre was as stage manager for “Hair” at Ashland High School. She has been part of the tech team for a variety of other shows at AHS, including lights for “Sweeney Todd,” sound design for “The Diviners” and assistant stage manager for “A Flea in Her Ear. Ms. Bertrand will be pursuing her major in Digital Media at Southern Oregon University.
Livia Genise ~ Director
A former Broadway actress and Camelot Theatre’s Artistic Director for over 14 years, Livia Genise has both directed and starred in many of its productions, including “Solomon’s Blade,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Last Five Years,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “A Question of Words,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” “The Producers,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “All the King’s Men,” "Funny Girl,” “Rags,” “Gigi,” “Cabaret,” “Shenandoah, “The Lion in Winter,” “Sockdology,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Master Class.” Recent acting roles at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre include runaway hits “Once” and “Noises Off.”
Bart Grady ~ Lighting Designer
The current Production Manager for Camelot Theatre Company, Bart Grady was the lighting designer for “Children of Eden,” “Camelot,” “The Miracle Worker,” “A Little Night Music” and many productions and Spotlight since the 2006 production of “An American Daughter.” Grady designed lights for more than 50 shows in his hometown of San Francisco. He has designed lights for many productions at AHS, mentoring the students along the way.
Brian M. Kerns ~ Musical Director
Brian M. Kerns is a composer, arranger, conductor, and music director for opera, music theater, and sacred music with over 200 compositions and arrangements. His long relationship with the Rogue Valley and Director Livia Genise began with arrangements of the “Evening of...” musical revue series that evolved into the first Camelot Theater in the 1990’s. After 15 years working in NYC, Mr. Kerns has relocated to Ashland and is currently music director for the Medford United Church of Christ.
Brian M. O’Connor ~ Sound & Video Designer
Brian is in his 13th season with Camelot Theatre, where he has been involved in the production of more than 150 shows. He is also a radio personality, a professional videographer, screenwriter, director, independent filmmaker and voiceover artist.
Daniel Stephens ~ Choreographer
Most recently Daniel Stephens has directed and choreographed “Himself and Nora” for Collaborative Theatre Project. Besides working with Camelot Theater and other theaters in the Rogue Valley, he has also worked nine seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a dancer and choreographer and six years with the Dallas Theatre Center. With a B.A. in Theater from SOU and a M.F.A. in Dance from SMU; Mr. Stephens continues to teach Renaissance Dance workshops for Shakespeare Studies educational program at SOU and Baroque Dance workshops and lectures for the Music Teachers Association of Oregon.
Donna Woolsey ~ Accompanist/Keyboard
Donna Woolsey has lived in Ashland for 25 years. During those years she has accompanied and performed with The Cabaret, Rogue Opera, OSF, Camelot, Siskiyou Singers and Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. Before moving to Oregon she sang with and accompanied South Coast Repertory Singers and LA Master Chorale. Ms. Woolsey has always loved teaching and playing piano! And she is thrilled to be working with Livia and Brian again
Lindee Newman ~ Jane
Lindee Newman is a senior at Southern Oregon University. She most recently was the understudy for Reza, Ex-Girlfriend, and the cello for The Oregon Cabaret’s production of Once as well as the lighting designer for “Dear Brutus” at Southern Oregon Center for the Arts. Enjoy the show!
Cheryl Goodman-Morris ~ Jenny
Cheryl Goodman-Morris was founding artistic director of Portola Valley Theater Conservatory in Portola Valley, CA, and has been directing/choreographing plays and musicals for the past 40 years. She directed “Quilters” 20 years ago and is thrilled to be in this production, with much gratitude to Liv Genise for the opportunity!
Renée Hewitt ~ Margaret
Originally from the Bay Area, Renée Hewitt performed in such places as the Great America Theme Park and “Beach Blanket Babylon’s 20th Extravaganza.” She was recently seen as Paulina Escobar in “Death and the Maiden” for LGP. Hewitt’s performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre as Rona Lisa Piretti in “The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee” and as Lela, Ginger Rogers mother in “Backwards In High Heels.” At the Camelot Theatre, Hewitt played roles such as Fiona in “Brigadoon,” Aldonza in “Man Of La Mancha” and Annie in “The Miracle Worker.” She has also directed two productions: “Les Miserables” and “Spamalot.”
Kathleen King ~ Lisa
Kathleen King is a native of Ashland, OR. She attended the University of Utah where she studied Musical Theater and graduated with a BFA. Ms. King returned to Ashland where she has performed with many local theaters including Ashland Community Theater, Rogue Music Theater, Oregon Stage Works, Collaborative Theatre Project and Camelot Theater. Most recently, Ms. King appeared as Cumie Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde, the Musical” at the Collaborative Theatre Project. Her favorite roles include Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Aunt Gert in “Lost In Yonkers,” and Sister Sophia in “The Sound of Music.”
Kendra Taylor~ Jody
Kendra Taylor is the director of choirs at North Medford High School. She has served as guest conductor for SOU honor choirs and the SOU chamber choir. As an actor, Taylor has appeared at Camelot Theatre, OFAM, Rogue Opera, and Randall Theatre. She currently sings with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.
Dianna Warner ~ Sarah
Dianna Warner has been teaching, acting and directing in the Rogue Valley for over 25 years. She recently played the Birdwoman in Camelot’s production of “Mary Poppins” and directed Neil Simon's female “Odd Couple” and “The Dinner Party.”
Favorite roles include Cissy in “Quartet” and Yente in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Warner enjoys spending time with her family including her granddaughter Calliope.
Kaitie Warner ~ Dana
Kaitie Warner studied Vocal Performance at Pacific Lutheran University and Southern Oregon University. Recent roles with LGP include Maria Walllner in “Judgment at Nuremberg” and Roxy in “Chicago” and Antonia in “Man of La Mancha” with Randall Theatre. Notable roles with Camelot include Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Shelby in “Steel Magnolias,” and Martha Jefferson in “1776. “ She has also performed with Rogue Opera and RMT.
What: “Quilters, the Musical”
When: July 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 @ 8 PM and July 22 & 29 @ 2 PM
Where: Bellview Grange, 950 Tolman Creek Rd. (at Siskiyou Blvd.) in Ashland
Outlet: Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by check or cash at Paddington Station in Ashland after July 1 or online at LiviaGeniseProductions.org. Tickets are also available, space allowing, at the door. Oregon Trail Cards ($5) will also be honored at the door, space permitting.
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