An original production of the tragi-comedy will be performed on May 28 & 29 at 7 p.m.
Ferrum, Va. (May 16, 2014) – The Ferrum College Theatre Arts Department will present The Crazy Quilt in Sale
Theatre on May 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. A tragi-comedy, this original production explores
the tragic plague of dementia that is spreading with the burgeoning baby boom and
though sad, it is impossible to escape the humor that is engendered by the totally
surreal situations that accompany Alzheimer’s Disease.
In The Crazy Quilt, an ancient woman has slipped into the unreal, dreamlike dimension
created by Alzheimer’s. Household pets are humanized instigators for the comic mayhem
surrounding the fantasy that accompanies severe dementia. Sarah, the central character,
sinks gradually, but deeply into a world half in and half out of life. She is driven
to the brink and over by a phalanx of specters that includes her dead husband, her
daughter’s wild cats, the eccentric but well meaning neighbors who proceed her into
the here-after, their whacky pooch, and a talking turkey dinner plus the would be
ghosts from her almost past.
Ferrum College Professor and Coordinator Theatre Arts and Director of Performing and
Visual Arts Operations H. Wayne Bowman wrote The Crazy Quilt and directs its production.
Susan M. Spataro, assistant professor of music, and her son, JT Spataro, are writing
the original music for the play.
“It is an homage to my mother and to all of the victims, and families, and care givers
who have dealt with Alzheimer's. I wrote it while caring for my mother in the late
stages of the disease,” said Bowman, who noted the Spataros’ mother and grandmother
suffers from the disease. “It is what I hope is a poignant look at the subject though
I had to filter it through the comic lens at times because the topic is so hard to
endure otherwise. Catharsis is the goal. Sometimes that comes through tears and other
times through laughter.”
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Admission is free to all
Ferrum College faculty, staff and students.
For more information contact Wayne Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.