The Old Settler

In World War II Harlem, New York, a young male boarder enters the lives of a fifty-five-year-old spinster (or as they were called in those days—an Old Settler), and her sister in order to help with the rent. The boarder, whose name is Husband, has come to Harlem from South Carolina to search for his girlfriend, Lou Bessie Preston.

There is an ominous cloud of tension that hangs over the sisters' relationship. The temperature rises when one of the sisters, Elizabeth, and Husband take to liking each other. Quilly, the other sister, who doesn’t like Husband living with them in the first place, surely doesn’t approve of their “carrying on,” especially since Elizabeth is old enough to be Husband’s mother.

It is this “carrying on” that exposes a deep, thirty-year-old wound which until now only had a bandage.

Performance Information

Performances held in the Gallery Theater, The Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness, 114 West  30th Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105.

Evening performances are scheduled for Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18 at 7:30PM , and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm on May 12 and May 19.

Box Office Information

By Phone: (336) 747-1414), Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts: Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.