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Quilting the Sun (Dream Up 2019)

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

A play about the life and work of Harriet Powers, a former slave and artist, whose Bible quilt now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution. Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival. More…

From the show:

Harriet Powers, farmer husband Armstead and children live on a farm near Athens, Georgia. She sews and made quilts which now hang in the Smithsonian Institution and the Boston Fine Arts Museums. The play also depicts the African rituals and myths changing into Christianity. Set in the mid-1880s.

Member Reviews (9)


Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
Avg Score

Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky, Banal

See it if About a former slave. Her quilt and what it signifies as a point of history.

Don't see it if An uninteresting story with to many st changes. A story and play that needs work

Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a wonderful presentation of a slice of history that you probably do not know. Great cast performs in word and song-best of DUF!

Don't see it if you are bothered by many scene changes in a 90 minute play with minimal sets and props.

Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Some history/story how Harriet Power's beautiful quilt start it journey to the Smithsonian. See great cast performs with some singing.

Don't see it if A lot of scene changes, with very little on set.

Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a bit of history done is a very delightfully entertaining way. You want to see some great acting and singing.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about former slaves and how they lived and survived and how Harriet Power's quilt made it to the Smithsonian.

Also This performance was very moving and entertaining. I enjoyed the singi... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy post civil war stories dealing with the African American culture in those days. Beautifully acted.

Don't see it if If you prefer fully staged performances. This is bare bones staging which somehow adds to the play

Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy historical plays based on real people.

Don't see it if you like extravagant productions or have no interest in African American history.

Also The frequent scene changes made the play seem disjointed to me

Needs a better stage!, Great acting, Historical drama, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Best original play I've seen OOB this year. But needs a better production in an intimate theater. Bare stage in cavernous theater detracts.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. It moves slowly with too many scene changes and no scenery! But I liked it anyway. I hope it gets revived!

Also This was part of Theater for the New City's DREAM UP Festival, and IMO... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Interested in learning about the life and times of a woman whose skills touched many-despite disenfranchisement.

Don't see it if Like elaborate settings.

Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like black history and a balance between serious and giggles.

Don't see it if You dislike low budget set designs.

September 9th, 2019
"'QUILTING THE SUN' Shines at Theater For The New City"
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