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Rogue Theater to Present Original Play about Beginning of Women’s Rights Movement

Rogue Theater presents a compelling production of the road to women’s right to vote. In July 1848, a Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. A group of approximately 200 women and men assembled to hold what became the beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement. It was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, a well-known activist for abolition and women’s rights. A speech was given by Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the beginning of the two-day Seneca Falls Convention. Excerpts from this opening speech begin Rogue Theater’s production Susan & Elizabeth – A Friendship of Consequence.

Susan B. Anthony, played by Chris Milton, was a plainspoken disciplined Quaker. She was single-minded in her drive to promote her many causes. Ever the strategist, she made compromises when necessary to move forward on her issues. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, played by Susan Kohout, was a mother of seven and an uncompromising revolutionary. She was born to wealth, enjoying fine clothes and fine food. While often tied to her family and household, she provided speeches, articles and letters that kept the issues alive.

In 1851, Susan and Elizabeth embarked on a collaboration that evolved into one of the most productive working partnerships in U.S. history. As uncompromising women’s rights leaders, they revolutionized the political and social condition of women in American society.

Written by Milton and Kohout, Susan & Elizabeth – A Friendship of Consequence is a compilation of excerpts from the speeches, writings and letters of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In imagining what a conversation between the friends might have been like, the playwrights have created connective phrases for the sake of flow and continuity. The production will be held at Rogue Theater, 340 Jaycee Ct. Sturgeon Bay, on April 2 at 7:30 pm and April 3 at 2 pm. A $5 donation is appreciated. For more information, call 920.818.0816 or visit facebook.com/roguetheater/timeline.

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