Gee's Bend

by  Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

Winner! 2008 American Association Award
Gee's Bend 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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Gee's Bend 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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2008 Osborn Award Award — American Theater Critics Association

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Gee's Bend is a lovefest -- between the characters in the play and the land they live on, between the actors and the characters they're portraying, between the play and the audience." - Orlando Sentinel

"Touching, lovely, and true." - Chicago Sun-Times

Videos

  • Gee's Bend - Kansas City Repertory
  • Gee's Bend - Hartford Stage Company
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Keywords

Black issues, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1960s, 1930s
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 3f

SADIE
NELLA
ALICE/ASIA
MACON 

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder is a graduate of the dramatic writing program at New York University, where she was a Tisch Dramatic Writing Fellow. Her plays include Gee's Bend, which was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and published by Samuel French. The play was the recipient of the Osborn Award ...

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Gee's Bend premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2007. Directed by Janet Cleveland.

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