March 13 -15, 2020
Vivian Nesbitt (“Breaking Bad”) is
MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN
A Musical by Si Kahn
Directed by Jo Johnson
with John Dillon on guitar
Friday March 13 @ 7:30pm
Saturday March 14 @ 7:30pm
Sunday March 15 @ 2:00pm
The Charles and Priscilla Patterson Mainstage
Bridge Street Theatre
44 West Bridge Street, Catskill, NY
‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’ Comes to Catskill
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.
Advance tickets available at http://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
General Admission $20, $10 for students
VIVIAN NESBITT (Actress). You’ve seen her on “Breaking Bad”, “The Night Shift”, “Manhattan”, “In Plain Sight”, “The Messengers”, “Longmire”, and “Law & Order SVU”. Vivian’s first professional acting job was understudying on Broadway at Roundabout Theater. She has gone on to develop a considerable body of work including Off-Broadway’s United Solo Festival, Theatre Row, NYC where her original solo play “The Bark & The Tree” was awarded Best Documentary Play and Best Lighting Design, as well as regional theater and summer Shakespeare. Her short film “Leverage” was an official selection of Taos Shortz Film Festival and NMWIF Film Fiesta garnering her an award for Best Performance. Vivian was invited to perform her original solo play “The Bark & The Tree” at the prestigious Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival in 2016. She holds an MFA in Acting and has continued her studies with luminaries such as Anna Deavere Smith and Alan Arkin. Vivian is also host and co-producer (with her husband John) of “Art of the Song”, heard on public radio nationwide.
JOHN DILLON (Music Director, Guitarist). During his 25-year career as a guitar maker, John has built more than 80 custom instruments. His instruments are in the collections of Steve Earle, Tish Hinojosa, Trisha Yearwood, Ray Kennedy, and The Mavericks. In 2003, John and Viv launched “Art of the Song”, a one-hour, weekly public radio program now heard on over 100 stations across North America. The two have interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry like Roger Daltry (The Who), Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Joan Osborn, and Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), to name a few. The interviews focus on the universal truths common to all creative expression. John sums up their learning in his book, “The 20-20 Creativity Solution”.
SI KAHN (Playwright, Songwriter). Si Kahn is a folk, bluegrass and roots music legend, once described as ‘a rumor in his own time.’ At 75 years old, he is at the peak of his powers as performer, songwriter and recording artist. His songs have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists in North America and Europe. For 52 years, he’s worked professionally as a civil rights, labor and community organizer. Si has sometimes described his music as ‘a hobby that got out of hand,’ which indeed it has. Si’s body of published work includes 16 CDs of his original songs, including six releases on the Dutch record label Strictly Country Records, plus albums on Rounder, Flying Fish, and the Swiss label Doubletime Music; a CD of original songs for children, “Good Times and Bedtimes”; a collection of traditional labor and civil rights songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp; and the songs and/or scripts for seven musicals.
JO JOHNSON (Director, Production Stage Manager). An essential member of the team, Jo’s regional stage management credits can be found in the archives of Mill Mountain Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Theater and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Jo also acts as Production Stage Manager for the touring production of “Mother Jones in Heaven” – a musical by Si Kahn, and “The Bark & The Tree” by Vivian Nesbitt. Jo completed her MFA from the Professional Theater Training program at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her acting credits are growing to include several productions in the Philadelphia area. She is an activist, writer and a photographer and studies acting at The Barrow Group in New York.
For more information about “Mother Jones in Heaven”, visit motherjonesinheaven.com.