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Taproot Theatre opens ‘Gee’s Bend’ Jan. 30

Taproot Theatre opens its 2009 season with the regional premiere of “Gee’s Bend,”a critically-acclaimed play that highlights the African American journey of the past century. It coincides with Black History Month and runs through Feb. 28. Low-price previews are on Jan. 28 & 29, plus there’s a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Feb. 4.

Gee’s Bend captures the rich story of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where discarded rags, scraps and bits of thread are pieced into works of art. Their compelling stories, like the spirituals they sing and the quilts they create, form a striking patchwork of the African American journey of the past century.

Taproot is hosting a series of special events during the run of “Gee’s Bend,” including a special appearance by several quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, at the post-play discussion on Feb.18; behind-the-scenes preview events at the Greenwood library (at 5 p.m., Sat., Jan. 17) and the Northwest African American Museum (Jan. 24); and post-play appearances by the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters (on Wednesdays, Feb. 4-25), who built a quilt that will be seen at Taproot Theatre. The quilters association is also providing several other quilts to be displayed and auctioned off during the show’s run.