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Gee's Bend

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January 23, 2013 - February 10, 2013

By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced...
...were created here.

Gee’s Bend
follows Sadie Pettway and her family as they turn to quilting to provide comfort and creative expression to their lives. What begins as a labor of love soon turns into a spiritual and artistic awakening. Pieced together from discarded clothes and seasoned with laughter and tears, the women sew a patchwork of inventive abstract designs in rich, blazing colors. Stitch by stitch, the stories of these strong women are revealed as their experiences unravel and inspire them to create what the New York Times called “miraculous works of modern art.”

Monica Parks as Alice, Shannon Lamb as Nella and Nambi E. Kelley as Sadie in Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of Gee's Bend. Photography by Cindy Momchilov, Camera Work. © Copyright 2013 Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

“Touching, lovely and true.” – Chicago Sun Times

The true story of the women of Gee’s Bend has already touched millions who viewed their stunning work through a national exhibition tour and features on National Public Radio, in Newsweek and Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Watch as Director Gilbert McCauley discusses the discovery of a place that inspired what
The New York Times would call "miraculous works of modern art."


 This production is made possible in part by a grant from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, a component fund of the Arkansas Community Fund.


Corey Jones* ... Macon
Nambi E. Kelley* ... Sadie
Shannon Lamb* ... Nella
Monica Parks* ... Alice/Asia


Resident Set Designer/Technical Director: Mike Nichols
Costume Designer: Yslan Hicks
Sound Designer: Allan Branson
Lighting Designer: John Horner
Properties Designer: Lynda J. Kwallek
Director: Gilbert McCauley
AEA Stage Manager: Danny Kuenzel*
Dramaturgy: Adewunmi Oke
Producing Artistic Director: Robert Hupp
Production Manager: Rafael Colon Castanera

Additional Info

ACT I: 52 Minutes

ACT II: 55 Minutes

There will be one 15 minute intermission

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Monday, January 14 | 6:00 p.m.
Laman Library, 2801 Orange St. North Little Rock
Screening the documentary “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

Join members of The Rep’s creative team as they discuss Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s Gee’s Bend. Following the discussion, the library will screen the documentary "The Quilts of Gee's Bend" at. For details, call Laman Library (501) 758-1720.


Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., Jan. 23. Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. 
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Join Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and Gee’s Bend Director Gilbert McCauley as they discuss bringing the true story of Gee's Bend to The Rep stage.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series 
Thursday, Jan. 24 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. 

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and Gee's Bend Director Gilbert McCauley and cast for a panel discussion on this true story. 
Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.

Thursday, Jan. 24 | 6:00 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

College and high school students can attend Gee's Bend for $15 on this night. The preview will include a pre-show talk with Director Bob Hupp and The Rep’s creative team at 6:15 p.m. in the theatre before the performance at 7 p.m. Valid Student ID required when picking up tickets. Student tickets are available only through The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Friday, Jan. 25 | 8:00 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Opening Night for Gee’s Bend will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

The performance of Gee’s Bend on Wednesday, Jan. 30 will be sign interpreted for the hearing impaired. 


Gee’s Bend will run for three weeks with performances from January 23 - Feburary 10, Wednesday through Sunday.


Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances at 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances at 2 p.m.


Buy Tickets 501-378-0405