Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
The art form of the one-man theatre show has generally been a boys club. This Thursday night, however, the women get their just due.
Stage and screen actress, and Rochester, NY native, Mimi Kennedy — known for her comedic turns in “Dharma & Greg” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”– is performing her one-woman show “Mimi Kennedy Finds Matilda Joslyn Gage” at the Everson Museum Hosmer Auditorium on Thursday October 3rd at 7 p.m.
The performance piece presents the actress’s personal discovery of the influential but relatively unknown suffragist. “She was brilliant,” Kennedy said, ” Gage was fearless for justice and she said cooperation was the way of the future. Between men and women. Between black and white. She saw it as a way to better human development.”
Gage, a Central New York native, was one of the most radical leaders among the suffragist movement during the late 19th century. Supporting controversial opinions such as the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, religious freedom, and a woman’s right to control her body, Gage’s legacy is currently being cultivated and preserved by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, located in Fayetteville, NY. Patricia Campany, the foundation’s associate director of operations, stressed the importance of the foundation. “The foundation’s mission is to educate the community on the work of Matilda Joslyn Gage and to inspire people into action for social justice,” Campany said.
Kennedy is a national ambassador for the foundation, and her performance is part event and part fundraiser. The one-woman show is the opening event for the national conference of Imagining America (a national organization that emphasizes collaborative scholarship) which is being held in Syracuse from October 4 through 6.
As a fundraiser, the proceeds raised from Kennedy’s performance will go to support not only the Gage Foundation but also the Everson Museum of Art and the Girl Ambassador for Human Rights Program. Tickets for the general performance cost $20 and $75 for a VIP reception an hour before the performance. The private reception will include an appearance by Kennedy as well as complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets can be purchased from the Everson Museum’s (401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY) welcome desk or by phone or online on the day of the performance, as well as by phone or online from the Gage Foundation.
By Nick Reichert | Contributing Writer, Syracuse Post Standard Oct. 2, 2013