MACON, GA – Author and playwright Mari K. Bell announces that the Douglass Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will include the production of Welcome to the Quarters, a new work — fusing drama, comedy and a murderous plot. The play premieres in Macon, Ga. on Saturday, June 17, with two shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Adapted from Bell’s novel, The Quarters, this southern tale takes audiences on a journey in time from the late 1930’s to the 1950’s. Set in Columbus, Ga., the production pays homage to the author’s grandmother, mother and the community of Bell Quarters. There are four main characters featured: sisters, Louise (protective, eldest sister) and Honey (strong-willed, mischievous younger sister), Pearline (inquisitive adolescent who loves reading), and Simee (handsome, charismatic con artist).
“I grew up surrounded by wonderful people. They were funny, loving and very kind. My goal was to reflect those attributes in the production. I also think the characters are relatable to everyone. We all have a nosey neighbor, drinking uncle, crazy aunt, and secrets,” said Bell.
The author’s work is based on childhood stories her mom, Pearline, shared. Bell took those stories and wove them into fiction.
“I have the sequel to The Quarters on my radar, as well as an instructional guide, and more productions. I’m also scheduling book club and speaking engagements. It’s been fun and I’m truly enjoying this journey,” continued the playwright.
Tickets for Welcome to the Quarters are $25 and can be purchased online at the Douglass Theatre (https://goo.gl/saeOJr) or by calling the theatre directly, 478-742-2000. Discount tickets are $20 if purchased before June 17. Senior citizens, educators, staff, high school and college students pay $18. Following each show, guests are invited to meet the cast and Mari K. Bell. Books and T-shirts will be available to purchase.
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IF YOU GO:
WHAT: “Welcome to The Quarters”
WHERE: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Macon.
WHEN: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, June 17
TICKETS: $25 for general seating, $20 in advance; $18 for senior citizens, educators, students, college students and staff with ID. Tickets available at the Douglass Theatre at https://goo.gl/saeOJr or 478-742-2000.
Tickets discounted for Senior Citizens, Educators and Students