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The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers)


On Saturday, August 29th at 7 pm and Sunday, August 30th at 3 pm, Jeremiah Productions, Inc. will present a staged reading of “Second Coming – The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers).” The reading of this new play-with-music written and directed by Bruce Cornwell will be held at the Shaker Meeting House at the Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road in Colonie.  Malcolm Kogut is the production’s musical director and Cathie Gifford is the choreographer.

The play tells the story of Ann Lee one of the most influential female religious figures in western culture.  She and a small band of followers arrived in the American Colonies in 1774 and established a Christian sect in upstate New York which eventually grew to have thousands of followers and which became America’s most important and successful utopian community.  The sect, which was characterized by wild shaking, impassioned singing, dancing, and speaking in tongues believed Ann to be the female embodiment of Christ.

Admission is free.  However, a free-will offering will be received to benefit the Shaker Heritage Society.  For additional information, please contact Bruce Cornwell at 810-4937.


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