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Ferrum College to present ‘The Crazy Quilt’
An original production of the tragi-comedy will be performed on May 28 and 29
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Courtesy Photo: The Ferrum College Theatre Arts Department will present The Crazy Quilt in Sale Theatre on May 28 and 29 at 7 p.m.

Monday, May 26, 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 H. Wayne Bowman wrote "The Crazy Quilt" and directs its production. Susan M. Spataro, assistant professor of music, and her son, J.T. 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 caregivers who have dealt with Alzheimer's," said Bowman. "I wrote it while caring for my mother in the late stages of the disease."

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," he added.

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

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