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the agitators

 

Early in 2020, the Commission partnered with playwright Mat Smart, Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, Riverside Theater in Iowa City, Iowa, and Theatre Horizon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to sponsor special live performances for students of The Agitators, which tells the story of the friendship between abolitionists and suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

After the closure of theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic, Theatre Horizon again worked with the Commission to create a virtual workshop for high school students using The Agitators as the basis of the curriculum. Over 100 students participated in this course free-of-charge. The students explored and created monologues inspired by Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and other "agitators." The course ran for four weeks with students meeting twice per week.


I was eager to jump in and create an enriching, inclusive curriculum for these upcoming civically engaged leaders. It is so important to remind folks of the past in order to build a better future. In reaching back to historical figures that pushed for the right to vote, students were able to humanize and see themselves reflected in each’s revolutionary moment. Thus, they were able to recognize the strength in their own voices, and the strength in numbers.
— Ang Bey, Program Administrator for Theatre Horizon

The Agitators  World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass.  (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)

The Agitators World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass. (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)

The Agitators  World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass.  (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)

The Agitators World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass. (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)

The Agitators  World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass.  (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)

The Agitators World Premiere at the Geva Theatre Center in New York with Madeleine Lambert as Susan B. Anthony and Cedric Mays as Frederick Douglass. (Photo credit: Ron Heerkens Jr. / Goat Factory)