NOVEMBER 11 - 19, 2017
HUDSON OPERA HOUSE, 327 WARREN STREET, HUDSON, NY 12534
"I think a lot of people are scared of opera. But I love it because I experience it as aN intimate, and valuable interpersonal exchange. I want people to experience opera, not watch it. So, I think of, and call, my performances exhibitions because there’s always something larger I want you to experience - something more than story, or pictorial representation.
The Hudson Opera House was in the 19th Century the center of social and civic life in the city - the town hall was in the building, the bank was there, and music was performed in their auditorium. Susan B Anthony was among many lecturers of “a high moral character” who spoke there (twice!). I want visitors to experience the site in the same way now, not as a history performance about 19th century America, but about our now. AS ONE OF My collaboratorS on this project, Stein scholar Joan Retallack, says often: our history is our now.
This opera is about a character called Susan B and her relationships with politicians, PROLETARIANS, friends, her lover, Her voice, her legacy. Susan B fights for equality in a fictionalized landscape of mythic American figures and Stein’s invented characters based on friends and acquaintances. This is the last piece Stein wrote before she died, so to me, it’s not about Susan B. Anthony, it’s about Stein. It’s about Stein writing this piece at the end of her life and putting words into a symbolic mouthpiece. Stein was a gay person writing in 1947, and in 2017, she becomes my mouthpiece for what I, a gay person living in Hudson, want to ARTICULATE ABOUT THE WORLD I AM LIVING IN.
For two weeks we pop up in this historic site anD install a Canteen by Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, an experimental reading room, a salon series of post-performance “Not-Talk-Backs” where local creatives and historians respond to Stein’s preoccupations with history, gender, and grammar, and five opportunities to watch “The Mother of us All.” These five performances are ticketed; admission to CONTRIBUTORY programming is open and free to the public. I’m encouraging people to come, hang out, have a snack, talk to each other, see the performance, and experience our history as our now; to confront the phobias, fears, misogyny and racism that is all out in the open in our America. And move forward."
NOVEMBER 9: 3 PM: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 6 PM: NOT-TALK-BACK: QUEER NARRATIVES: JOSEPH CERMATORI + James Powell + KHARY SEPTH
NOVEMBER 11: 3 P. m.: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 4 P. M. PERFORMANCE: THE MOTHER OF US ALL | 6 P. M. NOT_TALK_BACK: OPERA SYSTEMS: CHRISTOPHER ALDEN + JOANNA JOHNSTON + MICHAELA MARTENS + R. B. SCHLATHER
NOVEMBER 12: 3 P. m.: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 4 P. M. PERFORMANCE: THE MOTHER OF US ALL | 6 P. M. NOT_TALK_BACK: HUDSON VALLEY HISTORY OF SUFFRAGE AND ABOLITIONISM: CAROLE OSTERINK + LACY SCHUTZ
NOVEMBER 15: 3 P. m.: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 4 P. M. PERFORMANCE: THE MOTHER OF US ALL | 6 P. M. NOT_TALK_BACK: POETRY AND LITERATURE: JOAN RETALLACK + ERICA KAUFMAN
NOVEMBER 18: 3 P. m.: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 4 P. M. PERFORMANCE: THE MOTHER OF US ALL | 6 P. M. NOT_TALK_BACK: BLACK DADA: ADAM PENDLETON
NOVEMBER 19: 3 P. m.: EXPERIMENTAL READING ROOM | 4 P. M. PERFORMANCE: THE MOTHER OF US ALL | 6 P. M. NOT_TALK_BACK: TOWN BALL: DJ FULATHELA + GUESTS
@LILDEBSOASIS POP UP CANTEEN OPEN 3 - 8 P. M. PROGRAM DAYS
ALL PROGRAMMING FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PERFORMANCE TICKETS HERE.
With Dominic Armstrong, Ngonda Badilla, Elena Batt, Kam Bellamy, Amanda Boyd, Teresa Buchholz, Matthew Deming, Veronica Forman, Christopher Johnstone, Margot Kirsis, Phil Kline, Brad Lohrenz, Ella Loudon, Nancy Allen Lundy, Marie Mascari, Marc Molomot, Michael O’Gara, Robert Osborne, John Phillips, Parker Shipp, Kent Smith, Tea Boriss, Libby Sokolowski, Charles Perry Sprawls, Ryan Tracy, Wheelock Whitney, Dylan Widjiono,
and Michaela Martens as Susan B. Anthony.
Music Director: Tony Kieraldo
Set and Costume: Marsha Ginsberg
Lighting: JAX Messenger
Dramaturge: Joan Retallack
Louis Bonifati, Clarinet; Todd DuBrey, Trumpet; OTTO HAUSER, PERCUSSION; Stephanie Hollander, French Horn; Allyson Keyser, Trumpet; Stuart Quimby, FLUTE; DAVID SYTKOWSKI, PIANO; Nuiko Wadden, harp; Christopher Watford, Bassoon.
TOBIN DEL CUORE, PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO
Aleba Gartner, PR
JESSE HART, PRODUCING ASSISTANT
Michael Hofmann, Assistant Director
MARLENE MARSHALL, WARDROBE
MATTHEW PLACEK, PHOTOGRAPHY
LILY SCHEFF, HAIR AND MAKEUP
Daniel Stermer, Producing Associate
David Sytkowski, Repetiteur / MUSICAL ARRANGEMENT
And Collaborations with Ann Agee, ANNIE BIELSKI, Ilir Ahmetaj, Richard Kennedy, SHANEKIA MCINTOSH, Elise MCMAHON (@LIKEMINDEDOBJECTS), And Tom Taylor Design.
This exhibition was commissioned by the Hudson Opera House in partnership with the Millay Colony for the Arts, and made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Council on The Arts, the Puffin West Foundation, and Face Stockholm.
Additional Support PRovided by Tiger House Hudson.