Catskill’s adventurous Bridge Street Theatre celebrates Women’s History Month by hosting a touring production of Si Kahn‘s rousing “Mother Jones in Heaven”. Starring Vivian Nesbitt (“Breaking Bad”) accompanied by guitarist John Dillon (“Art of the Song” on NPR), this one-woman musical about the notorious labor organizer famed for her tireless efforts on behalf of the rights of miners, mill workers, and child laborers will be presented on BST’s newly-re-christened Charles and Priscilla Patterson Mainstage for three performances only, March 13-15, 2020.
With one foot in the folk tradition of storytelling and acoustic guitars, and the other in the truly American art of musical theater, the show opens as Mary Harris “Mother” Jones arrives in heaven to discover that it happens to be virtually identical to her favorite Irish Pub back down on Earth. Over the course of this 80-minute intermissionless performance, she re-visits her life, with moments of profound insight intermingled with hilarious tales of a self-admitted hellion in her prime. Dubbed ‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’ by a West Virginia judge because she could get 8000 men to walk out on strike at the crook of her little finger, Mother Jones was ‘the grandmother of all agitators’ during the late 19th and early 20th century – feared, revered and lauded in song and story.
This tour of “Mother Jones in Heaven” is sponsored in part by The American Labor Studies Center (ALSC) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create, collect and disseminate labor history and labor studies curriculum materials and resources to K-12 teachers nationwide through this web site and via conferences, workshops, seminars and exhibits and to restore the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York where it is located.
As timely today as it was when “Mother” Jones was organizing the working class a hundred years ago, “Mother Jones in Heaven” plays Friday March 13 and Saturday March 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday March 15 at 2:00 on Bridge Street Theatre’s Charles and Priscilla Patterson Mainstage, located at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill. Tickets are $20, $10 for Students ages 21 and under, and can be purchased in advance at motherjones.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets can also be purchased at the door one half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis. For more details, visit the theatre’s website at bridgest.org/mother-jones-in-heaven/.
Events at Bridge Street Theatre are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.