This long one-act farce includes reversal of light and dark and a plot full of mistaken identities. Action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are supposed to be on, the stage is the dark.
Based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Arts by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen,
Quilters follows the story of a pioneer woman (Sarah) and six women who are called her daughters. Rather than a straightforward storyline, the musical is presented as a series of short tales and tableaux matched with musical numbers, each presenting an aspect of frontier life or womanhood: “…a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort and joy” (NY Post).
The second time that OxACT has produced this classic musical. Fiddler on the Roof is set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905. It centers on the efforts of Tevye, a dairyman, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters to cope with their harsh existence under Tsarist rule. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical
to surpass the 3,000 performance mark, and it held the record for longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years.