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ALEDA or The Flight of the Suffbird Women

  • Presented By: Musicians of Ma'alwyck Location: Glenville Business & Technology Park 2165 Amsterdam Rd, Glenville, NY 12302 Glenville, NY 12302
  • Dates: June 8, 2018 - June 10, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Price: $25/$10
  • Overview

    An opera in one act by Max Caplan, commissioned and produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck and paired with The Burden of the Ballot, an original one-act play about Albany’s Anti-Suffrage movement by Krysta Dennis.

    June 8 & 9 @ 7pm
    June 10 @ 5pm

    Set in Staten Island in 1916, the Aleda 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. The elaborate plan ended in something of a fiasco as a gale of wind forced a premature crash-landing in a Staten Island swamp (luckily no one was hurt) – yet the attempt stands as a testimony to the courage and inventiveness (not to mention dramatic flare) of these women in their struggle for the right to vote.