Aleda or The Flight of the Suff Bird Women
June 8 @ 7pm
June 9 @ 7pm
June 10 @ 5pm
CLYNK, Glenville Business & Technology Park
Aleda is a one-act chamber opera in three scenes commissioned and produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Director, with music and libretto written by Max Caplan, Stage Direction by Krysta Dennis, and Musical
Direction by Timothy Reno.
Set in Staten Island in 1916, the opera tells the true story of a unique women's suffrage demonstration attempted by early female pilot Leda Richberg-Hornsby and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (N.A.W.S.A.). Equipped with a bi-plane, a cargo of votes-for-women petitions, and a huge banner reading "Women want liberty too," the suffragists endeavored to fly over New York Harbor during a national celebration at the Statue of Liberty in order to "bomb" President Woodrow Wilson with petitions. While ending in failure, the attempt stands as a testimony to the courage and inventiveness of these women in their struggle for the right to vote. The presentation of the opera coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the passing of women suffrage in New York State.
The performance will open with “Burden of the Ballot,” a one-act play written by Dr. Krysta Dennis, taking place in May 1917 at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, that depicts the debate of this important movement in American history. The unique performance venue, a 1942 Navy warehouse built to service aircraft, lends itself beautifully to this compelling story of the suffrage movement. Learn more about the Aleda story and the talent behind this extraordinary and cutting edge production at http://musiciansofmaalwyck.org/aleda/.
Ticket prices $25/$10.