The Patch Works Art & History Center (The Patch Works) — in collaboration with the Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association (CNIA) and the Cabbagetown Initiative Community Development Corporation (CICDC) — revives Cabbagetown: 3 Women… an Oral History Play With Music, 41 years after its premiere at Atlanta’s Academy Theatre on May 21st, 1978.
PERFORMANCES FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL (Open to the Public): Thursday, September 12th, 8:00P Evenings OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 13th, 8:00P Saturday, September 14th, 8:00P Friday, September 20th, 8:00P Saturday, September 21st, 8:00P Matinees Sunday, September 15th, 2:00P Sunday, September 22nd, 2:00P
WHERE Joyce Brookshire Amphitheater Cabbagetown Park 170 Kirkwood Ave SE, Atlanta GA 30316
Performances are free and open to the public. There will be beverages and souvenir stands where attendees may purchase items.
Cabbagetown: 3 Women, an Oral History Play With Music was adapted by R. Cary Bynum from “actual dialogues originally compiled by the Patch, Inc., and published in Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food, edited by Pam Durban Porter.” The play profiles the lives of three women, who were long time residents of Cabbagetown: Lila Mae Brookshire (Joyce Brookshire’s mother), Effie Dodd Gray, and Beatrice “Aunt Beadie” Dalton. The original cast included Doris Bucher, Brenda Bynum, and Annette Coleman.
“Live music [was] movingly woven into the performance by Joyce Brookshire, accompanied by Fritz Rauschenberg, with songs she wrote about the families with whom she grew up, and originally were published in Foxfire Records premiere album, North Georgia Mountains.” (produced in 1977)
(Source: an Alliance Theatre program from the play’s performance on September 12, 1979)
This presentation is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.