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Date & Time: Sunday, August 9, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter (CLICK HERE for directions)
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $10; $7 students
(Book-ahead ticket prices good up to 5 hours before the performance)
Tickets Purchased at the Door: $12; $7 students
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets (Note: Clicking on this link will take you to Arts People, our ticket sales agent)
“Down with the Rent” is part of “American Masquerade,” a project of Mainly Greene whose members include Catskill Mountain Foundation, Greene County Council on the Arts, Prattsville Art Center and Zadock Pratt Museum. It is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts REDC initiative with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and private donations.
Down with the Rent is a performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840’s. At the time, 726,000 acres on the east and west sides of the Hudson River were owned by Stephen Van Rensselaer III. He was a man highly regarded in political circles and among his many aristocratic friends, who also owned large tracts of land in the Hudson Valley. The semi-feudalism contract he designed for his tenant farmers after the Revolutionary War was the reason for the Anti-Rent rebellion when it was enforced by his sons after his death in 1839. This concert is a unique look at the Anti-Rent rebellion through the lyrics of the songs and historical narrative.
The concert was compiled and directed by Andy Spence. Most of the songs were only verse when printed in the newspapers of the day. Some were sung to favorite tunes of the day, and many have had music written specifically for this production by George Ward.