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One-woman, one-act performance set for Tamaqua arts center this weekend

An actress who appeared in the popular television series “Breaking Bad” will perform in a musical this weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Vivian Nesbitt will portray Mary Harris, or “Mother” Jones, In Mother Jones in Heaven - A Musical by Si Kahn. She will be accompanied by John Dillon on the guitar.

This one-woman, one-act performance has one foot in the folk tradition of storytelling and acoustic guitars, and the other in the true American art of musical theater.

The 90-minute musical dives into charge for better working conditions and fair pay for miners, mill workers and child laborers.

Mother Jones was dubbed “The Most Dangerous Woman in America,” as a West Virginia judge once said, “At the crook of her little finger, she could get 8,000 men to walk out on strike.”

Mother Jones In Heaven - a musical by Si Kahn is on tour nationwide, reminding audiences of how powerful one person can be in service to the betterment of others. The topic is as timely today as it was when Mother Jones was organizing the working class at the turn of the last century.

Author Si Kahn has worked for over fifty years as a professional civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician. Known for their work on the nationally syndicated public radio program Art of the Song, Dillon and Nesbitt bring their combined gifts to the stage, as Dillon’s musical skills are highlighted on guitar and harmony vocals.

Show times at The Stitch are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available at TamaquaArts.org.

Vivian Nesbitt will portray Mary Harris, or “Mother” Jones at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.