Swamp Gravy is not just a project that reflects the heart and soul of a community, but the legacy of a people who leveraged their creativity, civic pride, and their story to make a name for themselves in a world that was losing interest in small towns.
Colquitt, Georgia (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
In the early 1990s, Colquitt, Georgia, like many small towns across the U.S., had its share of shuttered storefronts and residents leaving for greater opportunity elsewhere. Joy Jinks, eager to preserve the heritage of her beloved community, developed an idea with director Richard Geer: a community driven, oral history-based folk life play, dubbed "Swamp Gravy" at the suggestion of her friend Dot Wainright. By October of 1992, Swamp Gravy had become a bona-fide hit.
Recognized as Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play, "Swamp Gravy" has delighted audiences from all over the country and around the world with true stories of the region, put together with locally-written music and spiced up by the performances of local volunteers. Swamp Gravy is not just a project that reflects the heart and soul of a community, but the legacy of a people who leveraged their creativity, civic pride, and their story to make a name for themselves in a world that was losing interest in small towns.
"Swamp Gravy: Brothers and Sisters" continues the legacy, and will return to the stage for the second half of its season this Friday, March 7, 2014. ” The production features a series of vignettes celebrating the relationship between siblings and the joys, complexities, and occasional heartaches that come it. “Brothers and Sisters” enjoyed instant success when it first premiered on the Cotton Hall stage in 1999, and was brought back this past October to much acclaim. This classic production was the first script from local playwright Debra Jones, who had been a cast member and story gatherer with the production from its beginning in 1992. She would continue as the playwright for Swamp Gravy until 2005, penning six scripts for the project, all of which were well received by locals and “out of town” guests alike. The revival features direction from Katherine A. Willis, music by Karen Kimbrel, Charlotte Phillips, Jennifer Roland, and Debbie Sloan, choreography by Karen Beyer, lighting by Thomas Rodman, and a cast of more than 100 local volunteers. "Swamp Gravy" runs March 7-29, 2014 with shows Fridays at 7:30 and Saturdays at 2:00 and 5:30.
Regular-priced tickets are $26.56 for Swamp Gravy, and group rates are available. Tickets for all shows are available at swampgravy.com or by calling 229-758-5450 Tuesday-Friday. Fans can check out Swamp Gravy on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on the latest discounts and promotions.