Hudson Hall & Millay Colony for the Arts To Celebrate Women’s Suffrage Centenary This Fall

By David Salazar

The Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House will partner with The Millay Colony for the Arts to celebrate the centenary of Women’s suffrage with a presentation of Virgil Thomson’s “The Mother of Us All.”

The production of the opera will be showcased on Nov. 11, 2017, with subsequent performances on the 12th, 15th, 18th, and 19th, all of them at 4 p.m. EDT. The production will be directed by R.B. Schlather and will feature a cast of over 30 locals including mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens as Susan B. Anthony.

Other cast members include Ngonda Badila, Elena Batt, Kam Bellamy, Amanda Boy, Teresa Buchholz, Matthew Deming, Veronica Forman, Christopher Johnstone, Margot Kirsis, Phil Kline,
Brad Lorenz, Ella Loudon, Nancy Allen Lundy, Marie Mascari, Marc Molomot, Michael O’Gara, Robert Osborne, John Phillips,  Parker Shipp, Kent Smith, Tea Boris, Libby Sokolowski, Charles Perry Sprawls, Ryan Tracy, Wheelock Whitney, and Dylan Widjiono, among others.

“I conceived of this production as a response to the history of the site. I wanted ‘locals’ to make up the band and the cast so that the performance is perceived not as a history piece, but as an accessible, diverse social happening about our shared contemporary ‘now’ in the Hudson Valley,” stated Schlather in a press release.