‘Burden of Ballot’ set for Aug. 18

CANAJOHARIE — “The Burden of the Ballot,” an original one-act play about the suffrage movement by Krysta Dennis, will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd.

Dennis is a lecturer in creative arts at Siena College in Loudonville. The play features Janet Kimlicko as Catherine Rankin, Kellyrose Marry as Emily Rankin, Sydney Paluch as Dorry Scribner, and Sandra Boynton as Mrs. Pruyn.

According to a news release, when Emily Rankin’s college friend Dorry Scribner comes for a visit, things do not proceed as usual at Cherry Hill. Dorry is a suffragist, and the Rankins are not so sure woman suffrage is a good idea. Addressing the suffrage question brings out the hopes and fears of these women living through this important moment in American history.

First performed at Historic Cherry Hill in May, the play is being staged in conjunction with the Arkell Museum’s exhibition “Truth is the Only Safe Ground to Stand Upon”, featuring portraits and quotes of New York state suffragists by artist Christine Heller.

Admission is free, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, email Jenna Peterson Riley, curator of education and public engagement, at [email protected] or call he at (518) 673-2314, Ext. 113.

By Patricia Older

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