Life on the prairie told through quilts and song

NAU Theater play Quilters

NAU Theater will stage Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek’s Quilters this November in the Studio Theater.

The play, a musical about the trials and triumphs of pioneer women in the early days of the American West, uses quilt blocks as metaphors for moments in women’s lives—from childhood through childbearing and beyond.

Directed by NAU Theater faculty member Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy, Quilters is comprised of a cast of seven female actors who play nearly 100 roles in the production ranging from children, mothers, grandmothers, men and even animals to capture life on the frontier. The music similarly documents the diversity of their experiences and spans genres including folk, gospel, bluegrass and traditional Americana.

Quilters will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 and Nov. 18-21. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22.

Individual tickets for the performance are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and NAU staff; $8 for NAU students and children. Tickets can be purchased from the Central Ticket Office online or by calling (928) 523-5661.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends in parking lot P13, behind the Cline Library.

For information, contact Christina Dennehy at