The Susan B. Anthony Project
May 1-3, 2020
at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street, Cambridge, NY
“We are so excited to formally announce The Susan B. Anthony Project, a year-long collaboration with local schools, audiences and artists to create a new play with music about Susan B. Anthony, Mary Hubbard, and their time together here at Hubbard Hall.” says Executive & Artistic Director David Snider.
On February 8-9, 1894, Susan B. Anthony hosted a Women’s Suffrage Convention at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY.
Hubbard Hall has received a NY State Council on the Arts grant this year for $30K to create a new play based on this history with local students and adults writing on issues of women’s rights, the Women’s Suffrage Movement and our local ties to this history.
From September through February, Hubbard Hall teaching artists are conducting writing workshops in schools and at Battenkill Books with writers of all ages and backgrounds. So far they have worked with over 200 public school students in grades 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 in Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich! Hubbard Hall will be announcing a series of evening workshops for adults at Battenkill Books very soon!
Hubbard Hall artists will then take these writings and create an original script that explores these issues with new music by local artist Bob Warren. This new theatrical piece with music will be produced at Hubbard Hall May 1-3, 2020. The play will be about Susan B. Anthony, her convention at Hubbard Hall in 1894, her deep friendship with Mary Hubbard and issues of Women’s Rights in the U.S. today. The purpose is to use theater to teach students local history tied to the Women’s Suffrage Movement, and to empower all of us to continue the work in pursuit of Equality for All.
This is the story of what they did – and what they left undone. For while the Women’s Suffrage Movement was very powerful, it also left many people behind – Women of Color, Native Peoples, and many others. The play will honestly explore the Movement’s legacy – and the intersections that were denied by it.
This project was born out of research conducted over the past two years in searching the archives of the The Washington County Post for any and all mentions of Hubbard Hall in their publications from 1878 to 1977. The search led to the discovery of published proof of Susan B. Anthony’s hosting of a Women’s Suffrage Convention at the Hall in 1894. At the same time, we became aware of Bob Warren’s song cycle dedicated to Susan B. Anthony and his desire to continue to work on this piece. The creation of a new theatrical piece based on community-generated writing and workshops is a natural continuation to recent initiatives at the Hall of engaging our community in creating new work (including The Farming Plays Project, a new play created and produced in 2017 with local students and the local farming community).
The opportunity to highlight our history with Susan B. Anthony will also raise the Hall’s profile as a historic destination, while reaching new audience members and community members not yet familiar with Hubbard Hall. The community will celebrate the important work of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the fact that this history lives within the Hall and our community.
“We hope you can join us in this important work – as a writer, performer or audience member! ” – David Snider, Executive & Artistic Director