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The Agitators

The Agitators
Sep 21 – Oct 28, 2018

By Mat Smart
Directed by Signe V. Harriday
Historical Drama / Regional Premiere
Proscenium Stage
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Nothing changes if people are not talking about it. Young abolitionists when they met in the 1840s, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose. A fascinating story of a seemingly unlikely, yet true friendship – lasting 45 years from its beginning in Rochester, New York, through a Civil War and on to the highest halls of government. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.

WHY GO? To experience the story of a deep friendship that changed the world yet poses questions that remain achingly relevant today.

WHO SHOULD YOU BRING? Your friend who is always ready to advocate for what she thinks is right and good.

“Stories help provide context and meaning for our lives and can inspire us to think more critically about how we fit into the world and what responsibilities we have to each other. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass shaped our nation’s constitution and left an indelible mark on our past. The Agitators gives us the opportunity to explore their humanness.” – Signe V. Harriday


Director – Signe V. Harriday
Scenic Designer – Sarah Brandner
Costume Designer – Aaron Chvatal
Wig Designer – Robert A. Dunn
Lighting Designer – Michael P. Kittel
Properties Designer – Abbee Warmboe
Video Designer – Bill Cottman
Sound Designer – Christy Johnson
Dramaturg – Peter Rachleff
Assistant Dramaturg – Nyomee Fevrier
Stage Manager – Lyndsey R. Harter*
Assistant Stage Manager – Haley Walsh

*member, actors’ equity association

 7:30pm  2:00pm

P – Preview
B – 99¢ Bargain Preview
D – Post-show Discussion
PS – Pre-show Talk
O – Opening Night
AD – Audio Description
ASL – American Sign Language
C – Open Captioning


Delve More Deeply Into the Story:

Attorney and professor Leondra Hanson presents two conversations about Bradwell and other women lawyers of her time. Bradwell, a contemporary and acquaintance of Susan B. Anthony, was a legal reformer and journalist who helped women obtain the right to practice law.

  • Tues, Sept 11, 6-7:30pm (doors at 5:30)– Behind the Scenes: Bradwell v. Illinois (Andy Boss Rehearsal Hall) Presented by Hamline University Center for Justice and Law. Free. RSVP at Note: There is no performance of The Agitators this evening.
  • Thurs Oct 4, 6:30pm – Life, Love & Activism: America’s first female lawyers: Pre-show talk with performance to follow.

Sun, Sept 30 post-show – Agitators: past, present and future Conversation with Peter Rachleff, history professor and
co-executive director of the East Side Freedom Library, sharing insights he uncovered as dramaturg for The Agitators.

Wed, Oct 3, 7pm – Behind the Curtain
Join members of the cast and the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library at the Hamline Midway Library. More at

Wed, Oct 10, 7pm – Who are OUR Agitators?
Learn about and make connections between The Agitators and contemporary activist movements with historian/dramaturg Peter Rachleff. East Side Freedom Library. Free. More at  

Share this conversation with the young people in your life:

  • $21 tickets for 30 years and under – standard seating, code 30U
  • $16 tickets for students (youth under 18 and college students
    with ID) – standard seating, code EDU. This show is recommended for students in middle school and older. 

Discounts available for seniors, military, and groups. Programs, dates and artists subject to change. Pricing offers not valid on value seating, previous purchases or with other discounts.


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