Event Calendar

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Apr
17
Sun
2016
Stella Dreams of Trains
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Pic-with-trainIt is Berlin, Germany, 1943.  Stella is young, lovely, Jewish, and faced with her own survival and that of her family and friends.  When ultimately arrested by the Gestapo, what decisions does she make that will follow her —haunt her– for the next half-century?  Which train does she take?

Stella Dreams of Trains was one of three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Directing this premier production is Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells College.  She has taught and directed plays in the northeast and in England, most recently A Midsummer’s Night Dream at Wells.  Previous credits at MOH include the role of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Let Me Count the Ways and the direction of Trust.

The playwright, Joanna Rosenberg, is an author and poet who has been published in literary journals and collections.  She resides in Boston and is a graduate of Hampshire College with a degree in playwriting and Holocaust studies.  Credits include the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award.

It is Tel Aviv, 1994.  Which train did Stella take?

Jun
11
Sat
2016
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Morgan Opera House is pleased to present the 2016 installment the Zabriskie Folk Series of concerts, at 8PM on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters is Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch—”Tradition steeped in possibility.”
Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, has played with many artists, among them the fellows of BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions—singing with Joan Osborne and Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce’s previous collaboration, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker, and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.
Bruce writes: “Many of the old players I met years ago said that each person should play their own way, have their own voice, even when playing old tunes and songs. I want to see where traditional music is headed through my own eyes, and have been pounding away at the possibilities. And I’ve been lurking and listening to newer voices emerging around me, and want to be part of where they’re headed, too.”
Allison de Groot, on clawhammer banjo, combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.Trio in the woods
Aug
7
Sun
2016
Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm

Hear ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ speak of her life as the longest serving first lady of the UnitedEleanor Roosevelt
States and of how she came to that exalted position. Nancy J. Snedeker worked at the
FDR Library for 20 years as archivist, photographer and speaker. Based on the
knowledge she gained from her professional life, Ms. Snedeker examines Eleanor’s early
life and rise to prominence through re-enactment followed by the narration of
anecdotes. As part of the Renée Rewald Literary Arts Series, the program is free.

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Absinthe
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

Apr
30
Sun
2017
Absinthe
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

Jun
11
Sun
2017
Women Voted in New York — Before Columbus
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will speak about the early history of women’s rights.

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. Living in a world free from violence against them, women will not allow a man to hold office if he has violated a woman. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies.

This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority and more since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores.

While white women were the property of their husbands and considered dead in the law, Haudenosaunee women had more authority and status before Columbus than New York State women have today. Women of the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosaunee) had the responsibility for putting in place the male leaders. They had control of their own bodies and were economically independent. Rape and wife beating were rare and dealt with harshly; committing violence against a woman kept a man from becoming Chief in this egalitarian, gender-balanced society. When women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities, where women lived in the world that non-native women dreamed of. Amazingly, despite the assimilation policy of the United States, Haudenosaunee women still maintain much of this authority today.

The 2017 centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State opens the opportunity for us to explore this new yet very old and unknown history of our region. The format of the talk is an informal, story-telling presentation followed by interaction with the audience designed to give you a platform to share knowledge, insights and experiences.

Sally Roesch Wagner is a Professor at Syracuse University and the Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue. Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one of the first college-level women’s studies programs in the USA (CSU Sacramento) she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University. A founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue, and author of articles on historic house museums, and she wrote Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

 

The program is free and funded by a grant from Humanities New York.

The Morgan Opera House is handicapped accessible from the north entrance off of Cherry Avenue.

 

Dec
2
Sat
2017
Eloise & Co.
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
This year’s Zabriskie Folk Series concert presents a new group of favorite performers: Eloise & Co., brainchild of accordionist Rachel Bell and fiddler Becky Tracy and features guitarist Andrew Van Norstrand. Rachel last played the Opera House with Andrew and his brother Noah —a thrilling show—and Becky has performed here with Nightingale. The group describes its music as “high-energy traditional music cranked out with unbridled energy and soaring beauty: driving Celtic reels, groove-infused French village dance tunes and elegant English melodies, a rollicking, toe tapping finale to the Opera House season.
Eloise & Co. at the Morgan Opera House is sponsored in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.
Dec
1
Sat
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs