Delve Deeper into The Agitators

In The Agitators, on stage through Oct 28, Frederick Douglass inspires Susan B. Anthony by saying, “Nothing changes if people are not talking about it.” We trust that after seeing this knock-out play, you will want to think and engage more deeply, so in the upcoming weeks, we’re curating many chances to talk, learn and reflect on the content of this amazing timely story.

Emily Gunyou Halaas as Susan B. Anthony. Mikell Sapp as Frederick Douglass. Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma.

We want to ask the big questions. What were the obstacles Douglass and Anthony were up against? How did they stay inspired in the face of hardship and defeat? And most importantly, how does the work they started still continue today?

Join us for one or more of these engagement events:

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 and dramaturg for The Agitators. Conversation will center on the question, “what is the significance of this story today.” Learn More.*

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. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the play with cast members Mikell Sapp (Frederick Douglass) and Emily Gunyou Halaas (Susan B. Anthony), and sound designer Christy Johnson. Special half price ticket offer. Learn more at

Leondra M. Hanson, J.D.

Thurs, Oct 4, 6:30 pm pre-show – Life, love and Activism: America’s First Female Lawyers. Join Park Square Theatre and the Hamline Center for Justice and Law for a pre-show talk by attorney and law professor Leondra Hanson.

Myra Bradwell was a legal reformer and journalist who helped women obtain the right to practice law. She was also a contemporary and an acquaintance of Susan B. Anthony, and while the two agreed on outcome they did not always agree on approach. Bradwell’s experiences and relationships, and those of the other women lawyers of her time, offer relevant lessons for all who seek to be “agitators.” Learn More.

Sun, Oct 7 post-show  Your chance to meet members of the cast and creative team to hear about their experience bringing the characters to life, and how it has impacted them. Director Signe V. Harriday has said, “we are not creating portraits, we’re creating people.”

Peter Rachleff at East Side Freedom Library.

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




*Financial access is a core value of Park Square Theatre. $16 tickets to The Agitators are available for the East Side Freedom Library Community. Use promo code EFL when ordering at or call 651.291.7005. East Side Freedom Library also has a limited number of complementary tickets available. If this is the best way for you or someone you know to get access to this conversation, contact Clarence at to access this opportunity.


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