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Cambria Center for the Arts presents ‘Quilters’ 

–If you look closely at the fabrics of a handmade quilt, you will see the stories that make up the lives of its creator. Carefully chosen patterns and colors reflect moments in that family’s history. That is the idea behind the hauntingly beautiful production of Quilters at Cambria Center for the Arts. Written by Barbara Damashek and Molly Newman, the play with music is based on a nonfiction book,“The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.

Sarah and her six daughters weave the tails of life on the frontier in the late 1800s as families moved west to forge new lives. Told through stories, songs, and monologues these seven actors take on many characters and show how quilts were the method used to pass on the legacies of their families. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, these stories warm our hearts with their truth and love. The vignettes come together much like the blocks of a quilt.

Leading the cast is Valerie Pallai along with her daughters played by Alicia Klein, Debora Schwartz, Nicolette Tempesta, Heather Babcock, Angela Wood, and Briana McCoy. The production is directed by CCAT Artistic Director, Jill Turnbow. Musical Direction is by Jeff Mar and Shirley Kirkes-Mar deftly handles the choreography.

Tickets are $25 and available online at or at Ball & Skein in the East Village of Cambria, or at the box office during regular galley hours. During the first two weeks of the production the Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery will feature a fabric arts exhibit including a variety of handwoven quilts. Come early and enjoy the art displays. Lobby is open at 6 p.m.

Performances run July 19 through Aug. 11. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Evening performances have wine available for purchase in the lobby prior to the show and at intermission.

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