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By Vivian Nesbitt
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About this project

Four years ago, I felt my soul move so passionately that it scared me. I’d never felt more vulnerable to a calling as an actor or less able for the challenge than in that moment.

It was in Toronto, Canada in the exhibit hall of a music conference. I found myself talking with a musician and activist Si Kahn about his many new and various projects. I confessed to him that, in addition to being a radio host, I am an actor who tours an original solo show. His eyes leapt and he told me about his play Mother Jones in Heaven. I had goosebumps all over as he spoke passages and sang verses of songs. I felt an eternity moment right there in the lobby of the Hilton; as if I was handed my future wrapped up in two acts of dialogue and song. I knew I had to do this show. I felt as if Mother Jones tapped me on the shoulder and said “get to work.”

Over the past four years I have been getting to know the show. I have resisted it, and Mother Jones persisted. I have presented excuses and Mother Jones countered sermons on evils of cowardice. I have paced the floor trying to talk myself out of the prospect, and Mother Jones sat brooding in the corner of my mind giving me the Eye.

On election night 2016, and the events of the first 100 days, drove home the purpose of Si Kahn’s play Mother Jones in Heaven in my life. We need Mother Jones. We need her now and the only way her particular brand of hell-raising for the good of the working class was going to be heard, was if I got off my ass and started singing.

Your support of this project will pay for a music director and director for a four week (120 hours) of rehearsal, musicians for rehearsal, performance and recording sessions to create the music CD; funds to create the DVD of the performance and marketing materials for the initial tour bookings.  

We come into this world with natural gifts that are the tools with which we express our life force. Some people, like Mother Jones, organize groups into armies to ensure health care and safe working conditions for the good people of this world. The stunning fact that 100 years after her time, we are still dealing with the same issues hit me like a bolt of lightning. So, I am picking up my tools and going to work. My tools are performance based. I bring stories to life using language, (verbal, non-verbal, and musical), so that the life and work of Mother Jones will inspire the next generation of hell-raisers for the good of the planet.

SneakPeak Fundraiser photo by Eddy Skipwith
SneakPeak Fundraiser photo by Eddy Skipwith

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges: I learned a lot on my first outing as a solo show performer, having toured successfully to NYC, Los Angeles, Ireland and places in between. I learned that careful planning circumvents a lot of expensive pitfalls and how to avoid expensive out lays of money due to lack of preparation. I am assembling a team of people to help produce, market and support the project from day one. Here's to learning the hard way and taking the lessons!

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