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A Thimble of Hope

The Texas Quilt Museum is set to host an enthralling one-woman show entitled “A Thimble of Hope,” featuring acclaimed actress Mary Margaret Mann. This captivating performance, debuting on Saturday, June 15th at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 16th at 2:00 pm, weaves together the rich tapestry of American quilting history.


In A Thimble of Hope, Mary Margaret Mann takes center stage, as she embarks on a poignant journey through time, stitching together three vignettes that celebrate the enduring legacy of quilting in America.


In three acts, audiences will travel through time to experience the strength, determination, and steadfast hope of women through American history and how they have expressed their dreams, struggles, perils, and celebrations through the heritage art of quilting. The vignettes in A Thimble of Hope span from the battlefield of the Revolutionary War to the home-front of WWII. Themes of danger, intrigue, family, determination, true love, and hope for what is to come will entertain and inspire audience members, whether they are accomplished quilters or simply enjoy curling up under a cozy quilt with a good story.


A Thimble of Hope didn’t emerge from a single spark of inspiration; rather, it was stitched together through collaboration, passion, and shared stories. “Mary called me up a few months ago with an idea for a new show,” recalled Kevin White, Director of Development at Arts for Rural Texas. “She pitched me a concept based on a true-to-life family history that an audience member had shared with her after one of her recent performances. It was a tale that resonated deeply, one that Mary simply had to bring to life on stage.”


Together, Mann and White embarked on a mission to transform this idea into a full-length show. They reached out to Deborah Bradley, Managing Director of the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. The museum, with its rich history and commitment to celebrating this heritage art in both traditional and contemporary forms, seemed like the perfect backdrop for A Thimble of Hope. Mrs. Bradley’s enthusiasm was contagious, and the project began to take shape.


The two-day performance schedule, set for Saturday, June 15th at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 17th at 2:00 pm, promises not only captivating storytelling but also community impact. Both Arts for Rural Texas and the Texas Quilt Museum, as 501c3 nonprofit organizations, will benefit from the proceeds. It’s a celebration of creativity, resilience, and the enduring spirit of those who stitch hope into every square.

A Thimble of Hope

6/15/24, 11:00 PM
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