As part of the upcoming production of RENT The Musical, Argenta Community Theater is putting together an AIDS quilt to be displayed in the show.
The production is directed by Brandon Box-Higdem and will start July 26.
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In the meantime, Box-Higdem wants a community AIDS quilt that can be displayed during the show’s final moments.
“We have all lost friends, family, and acquaintances to this horrific disease over the 50 years it has been present in our society and lives,” a press release from the theater said. “The loss has been palpable and … we are asking individuals to create their own quilt block dedicated as a memorial to their loved one who passed away from AIDS. Please include their name and their dates on your block.”
These blocks will then be assembled into “a massive, stage encompassing quilt that will be revealed during the final number of the production.”
So quilters unite!
Blocks should have no backing and not to exceed two feet by three feet. They also need to be a square or rectangle.
The theater also provided a helpful Q&A for people wanting to submit a block.
What are the due dates and deadlines for this project?
July 2nd is the final due date for all quilt blocks. The sooner you can create them and get them back to the theatre, the better for our production team to begin the sewing of them together.
What if I do not sew? Can I still be involved in this?
Have you seen the drag queen’s costumes these days? But seriously, because this is a theatre experience, you can totally use hot glue, Cricuts, permanent markers, photo creators, ANYTHING to the maximum. Just please keep in mind that it should stay intact for the run of show and possibly appear to look like it has been sewn.
Is there a limit to the number of blocks I can submit?
NO!!!!! We will work with you to make sure we are able to incorporate all of your blocks into our massive quilt! We are even asking our cast members to create some of their own during down time in rehearsal. Just make sure they are the required 2’ X 3’ size.
What if I want to create a circular block?
YES, you can be VERY creative in the creation of these memorials!!! If you choose to create a circular block, please adhere it to a rectangular secondary piece (not to exceed 2’X3’) so the block is indeed square in nature and can be sewn in accordingly.
What will happen to the quilt once RENT has closed?
We will display it at the theatre for the season and then a decision will be made as to who will receive the entire piece.