Witness the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, CNY native, the lesser known member of the "triumvirate" of early suffragists -- the other two being Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- who came together in the early 1850's. Then came their great split in 1890 . . . . Meet Matilda’s son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, whose Wizard of Oz characters were influenced by Matilda’s ideas, and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) egalitarian culture.
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the world premiere of an opera about a CNY woman who was crucial to the beginnings of the women's suffrage movement, only to be 'pushed aside' because she wanted equal rights for all. Experiencing this slice of history on stage – the struggle between Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony over the trajectory of women's suffrage – will help us better understand their different strategies, what they had to sacrifice, and the battles still ahead of us.
This story shines a light on a remarkable corner of the world known as Central New York that became a hub of free thought and radical activism for ending slavery and promoting Native American rights as well as social justice. How many cities the size of Syracuse can boast of a world premiere of an opera created by a regional composer about a regional heroine and brought to life by regional performers?