Publisher: G. Schirmer
The Mother of Us All (1947)
Libretto by Gertrude Stein.
Opera and Music Theatre
1 Hour 44 Minutes
dramatic Soprano, Countertenor, 2 Basses, 3 Mezzo sopranos, lyric Tenor, 3 Tenors, 2 Baritones, lyric Soprano, 3 Bass Baritones, Alto, high Baritone, Soprano
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SUSAN B. ANTHONY, a noble and consecrated woman, dressed in Act I, Scene 2, as a Quakeress, with cape and bonnet; elsewhere, in the style of 1870. As a statue she wears the garnet velvet gown with fichu of rose-point lace that Miss Anthony herself wore in her later years, a gift from the ladies of Washington, D. C.: Dramatic Soprano
ANNE, her confidant and devoted friend, wears richer costumes of 1870: Contralto
GERTRUDE S., a cheerful stocky woman of middle age wearing a full-cut but plain modern velvet gown of dark color and a brocaded waistcoat: Soprano
VIRGIL T., a pleasant and efficient master of ceremonies, in modern morning dress (top hat, cutaway coat, striped trousers, gardenia: Baritone
THE VIP (Very Important Persons):
DANIEL WEBSTER, Bass
ANDREW JOHNSON, Tenor
THADDEUS STEVENS, Tenor
Dressed as political dignitaries of the 1850's. Andrew Johnson is sad, complaining and pathetic. Thaddeus Stevens, his political enemy, blustering man. Daniel Webster, dignified, almost pompous, has the gestures characteristic of 19th century orators.
JO THE LOITERER, Tenor; and CHRIS THE CITIZEN, Baritone
Recently discharged Civil War soldiers dressed in the civilian style of 1865, but still wearing some of their military clothing. Jo wears a black suit at his wedding.
INDIANA ELLIOT, young, pretty, provincial, dressed in the style of 1860. At her wedding she wears a white dress and a bridal veil: Contralto
ANGEL MORE, former sweetheart of Daniel Webster, now dead—part angel, part ghost and part ingénue—in a pale pink and blue dress of about 1845. She wears a small hat with a short white veil, and tiny wings spring from her shoulders: Light Lyric Soprano
HENRIETTA M., a feminist of 1890 in mannish clothes.
HENRY B., a somberly poetic gentleman of 1870 in formal dark clothes, Bass-Baritone
ANTHONY COMSTOCK, a forceful Victorian capitalist with sideburns, dressed in the style of 1890: Bass
JOHN ADAMS, romantic tenor, presumably John Quincy Adams. He wears an ornate costume of 1825 with a beaver stove-pipe hat: Romantic Tenor
CONSTANCE FLETCHER, a gracious and beautiful lady of 1905-10, charmingly tactful, a peace-maker. She has trouble with her eyes and in the last scene wears dark glasses: High Mezzo-Soprano
GLOSTER HEMING, Baritone; and ISABEL WENTWORTH, Mezzo-Soprano
Intellectuals of 1890-1900, he in knickerbockers, she in bicycling clothes.
ANNA HOPE, feminist of 1900: Contralto
LILLIAN RUSSELL, wears picture hats, long gloves and feather boas, with several changes of showy costume, all from the epoch of 1890-1910: Lyric Soprano
JENNY REEFER, a comical feminist, outspoken and opinionated, a close friend of Anne and Susan B.: Mezzo-Soprano
ULYSSES S. GRANT, also opinionated, in dress uniform: Bass-Baritone
HERMAN ATLAN, a French painter of 1860, young, attractive, elegant, poetic: High Baritone
DONALD GALLUP, a youngish college professor in the tweeds of 1920. As a vision in Act II, sc. 2, he wears academic gown and mortar-board cap: Baritone
A.A. and T.T., Page boys or postillions. They also constitute, if desired, a corps de ballet. There can be as many of them as needed.
NEGRO MAN and NEGRO WOMAN
Rural labor costumes. 1860-70
INDIANA ELLIOT'S BROTHER, A middle-western farmer of 1870, wearing farm boots, Sunday suit and a wide felt hat. He carries a riding crop: Bass Baritone
A pageant centering around the life and political ideals of Susan B. Anthony, with real and imagined characters.
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