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Mother Jones in Heaven
May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Si Kahn’s musical “Mother Jones In Heaven” profiles a woman once described as “the most dangerous in America” – Mary Harris Jones.
Vivian Nesbit brings Mother Jones to life accompanied by John Dillon on guitar.
After losing her family to yellow fever in the late 1860s, and then losing her home and livelihood to The Great Chicago Fire, Mary Harris Jones found a new calling as a labor organizer. Jones’ success in organizing mine worker strikes around the turn of the 20th Century led one prosecutor to call her “the most dangerous woman in America.” It was around this time that she adopted a new persona: “Mother Jones.”
Like a good song, the play goes beyond facts and timelines to take us inside the human heart. Weaving bold words, melody and riveting body language, Vivian connects us with the imperfect, fierce hero called Mother Jones. “Anyone with even an inkling of interest in the history of the American labor movement, or just American history, should see Mother Jones in Heaven. Vivian Nesbit’s dramatic embodiment of Mother Jones had me transfixed from start to finish. The musical interludes only heighten the dramatic quality of the play. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.” – Doug Born – President, Southern Maine Labor Council, Secretary/Treasurer, Maine AFL-CIO