The Millay Colony for the Arts and Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House invite regional High School students and community members to join us in a lively participatory workshop on the upcoming production of the Gertrude Stein opera The Mother of Us All at Hudson Hall. This workshop is FREE and will take place on Saturday, November 4 at 2 PM the Hudson Area Library.
About The Mother of Us All
To mark the centenary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Hudson Hall and The Millay Colony have partnered on a community-based production of The Mother of Us All, telling the life story of Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Music by Virgil Thomson and libretto by Gertrude Stein.
This production and related public events provide essential commentary on who we are today as women, people of color, queers, activists, rural residents, and individuals with the right to a voice and a vote– themes that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.
The Mother of Us All will open Hudson Hall’s 2017 season. Susan B. Anthony spoke about abolishing slavery and establishing women’s suffrage from this very stage.
About the Workshop
Looking at the Issues with Delia Melis & special guest Tanisha Christie
Saturday, November 4; 2 to 5 PM
Hudson Area Library, 51 N 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534.
This three-hour workshop will examine the subjects of The Mother of Us All (voting rights, suffragism and abolitionism) through the lens of our contemporary political issues. This will be a lively conversation with lots of materials and context provided by workshop leaders.All participants in the workshop will receive tickets to the final dress rehearsal, including post-show notes and a Q&A.
About the Teachers
Delia Mellis is Director of College Writing and Academic Resources for the Bard Prison Initiative. She has been a member of the BPI faculty since 2008 and taught for four years in the Department of Urban Studies at Barnard College. Mellis has written and lectured on race and gender in U.S. history throughout her career. She holds a Ph.D. in United States History from the Graduate Center of City University of New York and a B.A. from Bard College.
As an interdisciplinary performing artist and filmmaker, Tanisha Christie has performed, produced, directed and taught in traditional and non-traditional spaces in the U.S. and Panama. Her current performance installation, bathtub, tackling issues of race and intimacy, is in development. She holds a BFA Theatre (Arizona State University), an MA-Media Studies (The New School) and is an LMSW Clinical Practice (Hunter College). She is currently an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a 2017 MAP fund grantee and a member of Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter.
This workshop and all related materials were created in conjunction with educator/authors Emily Abendroth, Danniel Schoonebeek and Simone White, with generous leadership from Erica Kaufman, Director of Faculty & Curriculum Development, Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College; and Joan Retallack, dramaturge of The Mother of Us All and John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor Emerita of Humanities at Bard.
Lesson Plans and supplemental reading and viewing lists for teaching The Mother of Us All available upon request. Please contact cara@millaycolony for more information.