Events & Programs

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Annual Benefit Party

On Saturday, August 19, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will honor award-winning actress Frances McDormand and New York City’s celebrated experimental theater collective The Wooster Group at its annual fundraising gala.

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. Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation premiered at The Performing Garage in New York City in 2014. The New York Times called the performance “profoundly affecting…. a kind of phantasmal possession of the present by the past or, if you prefer, the eternal.”

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.

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, New York. 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. Please note that individual tickets will go on sale after May 1; various levels of sponsorship are available for purchase now. If you're interested in purchasing individual tickets, please contact us at or 518-794-9100 x220.

Photo: Scene from “Early Shaker Spirituals.” Photo by Paula Court. Courtesy of The Wooster Group.

Table of 10:

$10,000 Benefit Sponsor | One premium table of ten for dinner + listing in the gala program

Table of 8:

$5,000 Benefit Benefactor | One table of eight for dinner + listing in the gala program

Dinner Seating:

$2,500 Benefit Patron | Dinner seating for four + listing in the gala program

$1,000 Benefit Supporter | Dinner seating for two + listing in the gala program

$300 Individual Ticket


Saturday, August 19, 2017


Seating is limited; early responses are encouraged

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North Family, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village