In school, you hear a lot about the cathartic effects of drama, but sometimes the theatre just doesn’t deliver. I was reminded tonight of those rare times when you leave a play with a sense of awe and uplift.
Recently, I took a freelance writing assignment to preview a play called “Gee’s Bend,” a production by Lexington’s Agape Theatre Troupe. If you want to read the preview, you can click here to see it on the Business Lexington website.
The drama encompasses 61 years and is set in the real life town of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The Civil Rights movement figures prominently in the play, as do the quilts sewn by the women of Gee’s Bend.
I had researched the play pretty thoroughly for the preview, but as I watched the drama unfold, I was grateful for the opportunity to see it for myself. If you go (Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Opera House in Lexington), you will be treated to a moving story about a woman’s struggle to do what she feels is right in the face of the Jim Crowism of the old South. You will be captivated by black gospel music, sung by three ladies whose voices blend together so well you’d think they were a whole choir (those voices ought to fill the Opera House auditorium nicely). You will witness a history lesson kept alive by the quilts crafted by the determined women of Gee’s Bend.
So, go see the play!