1st Stage Announces Quilters, A Moving Musical by Barbara Damashek and Molly Newman

1st Stage Theatre Art & Culture

 Set on the American frontier, this moving musical tells the story of a group of women who come together to create a quilt that reflects their shared history, struggles, and triumphs. The story blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. With soaring harmonies, touching monologues, and stunning choreography, Quilters is a musical experience unlike any other. “Quilters is a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort and joy.” – New York Post 

The 1st Stage production of Quilters features Liz Weber, Ezinne Elele (previously seen in Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee), Patricia Hurley, Kalen Robinson, O’Malley Steuerman, Maggie Walker, and Abigail Weinel. The production is directed by 1st Stage Associate Artistic Director, Deidra LaWan Starnes. 

The design team includes: choreography by Pauline Lamb, music direction by Jake Null, scenic design by Sarah Beth Hall, lighting design by Min Joo Kim, sound design by Kevin Alexander, costume design by Cidney Forkpah, props design by Rooster Skylar Sultan, and intimacy coordination by Lorraine Ressegger. 

Quilters will run at 1st Stage from December 7-24, 2023 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. 

General admission tickets are dynamically priced at $25 (limited availability), $35 (limited availability), and $55. Student, educator, and military tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856. 

The run time is approximately two-hours with one intermission. Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule. 

Coming next to 1st Stage

February 1-18, 2024 features an exploration of the lives of two adopted women in Shutter Sisters by Mansa Ra. April 4-21, 2024, The Nance written by Douglas Carter Beane recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday. The season will conclude with the world premiere of Postcards From Ihatov, created and directed by Natsu Onoda Power, playing from June 6- 24, 2024. Individual tickets and season subscriptions are available today at www.1ststage.org


book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek
directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes 


December 7-24, 2023

  • Thursdays at 7:30pm
  • Fridays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays at 2 and 7:30pm
  • Sundays at 2pm 

1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102 


$25-$50 general admission
$15 students, educators, and military

Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856

About 1st Stage 

1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Winner of Outstanding Production for the past two seasons (The Brothers Size and Fly By Night), 1st Stage was nominated for 7 Helen Hayes Awards in 2023. Other awards include the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company award. Additionally, 1st Stage is a renewed member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2022-2023. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage “one of America’s most impressive smaller regional companies.” For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theatre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.