McDormand and Suzzy Roche of The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation, along with the piece’s director Kate Valk, will present an excerpt from Early Shaker Spirituals, a performance based on the record album of the same name recorded by the Sisters of the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shaker Community in 1976 at the Shaker Museum’s annual fundraiser Gala on Saturday, August 19. Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation premiered at The Performing Garage in New York City in 2014.
The benefit will be held on the grounds of the North Family historic site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, next to the iconic Great Stone Barn, originally constructed in 1859, in New Lebanon. A cocktail reception will be held inside the vault of the Barn, followed by dinner catered by The Farmer’s Wife of Ancramdale, New York, and a live auction. Individual tickets will go on sale after May 1; various levels of sponsorship are available for purchase now by visiting the museum’s website. A limited number of individual tickets will be on sale after May 1.
McDormand is the recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actress (Fargo), a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Good People), and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress (Olive Kittredge). Roche is a musician and actress who made ten albums as a member of The Roches as well as several solo albums since. Valk is a founding member of The Wooster Group, which has been creating superlative experimental theater for more than 40 years.
For more information, visit the Shaker Museum’s website.