The show is in previews through September 27.
The Agitators is a fascinating historical drama that retraces the evolving relationship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, two tireless advocates of equality. The Mat Smart-penned work offers a grounded perspective on momentous events in U.S. history, including the Civil War and its aftermath as racism took on new forms following the abolition of slavery. Likewise, the entrenched sexism of our society made female emancipation a distant dream. In their mutual struggles against bigotry, Anthony and Douglass forged a friendship that could be as tempestuous as it was enduring. Directed by Signe V. Harriday, this regional premiere stars the exceptional duo of Emily Gunyou Halaas as Anthony and Mikell Sapp as Douglas, manifesting two social crusaders whose remarkable relationship remains a model for respecting our differences even as we push toward a common goal.