Blue sash, oh blue sash, My sky blue, my true sash…Susannah’s sash is hers to wear at her sister Sissy’s wedding. It’s a little piece of hope as the family stitch together the rags they find to make Sissy’s dress. But the Missus remembers the scraps and wants them back. Nothing can stop Susannah’s enjoyment of the wedding even though her sister and new husband must walk to freedom leaving her behind. Extraordinary fabric collages by American painter Benny Andrews pay tribute to the strength of family.
Performed as an opera in Birmingham, Alabama, 2004 and 2005.
COMPOSER Phillip Ratliffe, Miles College, Alabama. Performed Alabama USA
Directed by Lea Woolfe, and in 2005