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Freedonia Marxonia: Freedonia Marxonia 2017

Freedonia Marxonia 2017 - "Broadway and the Marx Brothers"

Freedonia Marxonia 2017 will be September 28 and 29
at the State University of New York at Fredonia's Reed Library and the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

This year's theme is "Broadway and the Marx Brothers."  
We are especially excited to welcome Noah Diamond, who brought the Marx Brothers' first Broadway show, I'll Say She Is,
back to the stage for the first time since its debut in 1924.

The Marx Brothers on Broadway

Freedonia Marxonia 2017 activities

Thursday, September 28

3:00 pm  Reed Library, State University of New York at Fredonia
Exhibit opening and welcoming remarks.  
Display of art contest submissions.
Singing of "Hail Freedonia" by members of the Student Opera Theatre Association and Fredonia's student chapter of the American Choral Director's Association.
Cake in early honor of Groucho's birthday (October 2).
Annual group photo with complimentary Groucho glasses.
7:30 pm  1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia
"The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," illustrated, multimedia lecture by writer, performer, and Marx Brothers expert Noah Diamond.  Mr. Diamond devoted years to research, restore, and realize the revival of I'll Say She Is, the first of three 1920s Broadway musicals starting the Marx Brothers (the others were The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers).  The evening will include relevant prizes.

Friday, September 29

12:00 noon  Garden at Reed Library
Interview with Noah Diamond, exploring his passion for the Marx Brothers and efforts to bring the Marx Brothers' 1924 Broadway musical, I'll Say She Is, to Off- Broadway in 2016.  Pizza will be provided as part of the "Lunch with The New York Times" series.
2:00 pm  Reed Library Classroom
Screening of Duck Soup, the movie set in "Freedonia."
3:15 pm  Reed Library Classroom
"From Cracked Ice to Duck Soup" - Noah Diamond will lead a discussion about the creation of Duck Soup.
7:30 pm  1891 Fredonia Opera House
Screening of The Cocoanuts.  See this Marx Brothers film in the same venue as did local audiences in January 1930!  There will also be prizes!

All activities are free and open to the public!  Everyone is welcome!

The Freedonia Marxonia exhibit runs through October 22.  (Please note - the library is closed Oct. 7 and 8 for fall break, with reduced hours Oct. 5 and 6.)

Freedonia Marxonia Art Contest
All ages and skill levels welcome to participate.  Use any medium.  Submissions due September 22.
First prize - $100, second prize - $75, third prize - $50.  Submit entries to Cindy Yochym in Reed Library.
Contact Information
For more information, contact Cindy Yochym at
Freedonia Marxonia is supported by the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.
Noah Diamond's interview is also supported by the Fredonia College Foundation's Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund and Reed Library.

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