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September 14 – October 7

The Agitators (New England Premiere)

based on the friendship of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass

By Mat Smart  |  Directed by Jacqueline Parker

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided, and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship – from its beginning in New York, through a Civil War, and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.

Experience the history as these two monumental icons come alive on stage. Direction by Jacqueline Parker – The Agitators runs September 14 through October 7th at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm.

SARAH ELIZABETH BEDARD (Susan B. Anthony) is thrilled to be joining Gloucester Stage Company again! New York credits include One Year Lease Theatre Company, The Workshop Theatre, Classics on the the Rocks and Mettawee River Theatre. New England credits include SpeakEasy Stage Company (Significant Other); Lyric Stage (BBQ); Gloucester Stage Company (Measure of Normalcy); Nora Theatre Company (Intimate Exchanges, Midvale High School 50th Reunion); Company One (Shockheaded Peter); Actor’s Shakespeare Project (Phedre); Berkshire Theatre Festival (A Christmas Carol), Shakespeare and Company (DibbleDance), Boston Public Works (Three) and Bad Habit Productions (Arcadia, Translations). Sarah frequently directs at The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company and teaches at Bridgewater State University. Sarah earned an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University. Next up you can see her in The Wolves at Lyric     Stage Company. Sarah is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. SarahElizabethBedard.com

 

JAMES RICARDO MILORD (Frederick Douglass) is thrilled to be returning to Gloucester Stage. Recent credits include Cyrano (Gloucester Stage Company), Anna Christie and Barbecue (Lyric Stage). Mr. Milord also appeared in Akeelah and The Bee (Wheelock Family Theatre), Clybourne Park (Longwood Players Club), The Good Negro, The Brothers Size Trilogy (Company One), Zooman & The Sign (Our Place Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare Now). Film credits include Proud Mary (Screen Gems), The Brotherhood (Showtime), and a handful of industrial commercials. Mr. Milord is proud to be the first recipient for the Best Emerging Actor (David Wheeler Award) in 2010. He is also an entrepreneur and continues to pursue his dreams professionally.

 

Writer – Mat Smart
Director – Jacqui Parker
Asst. Director – Scott Caron
Scenic Design – Jeffrey Petersen
Lighting Design – Stephen Petrilli †
Costume Design – Mary Hurd †
Props Design – Lauren Corcuera
Sound Design – Dewey Dellay
Stage Manger – Jenna Worden*
Asst. Stage Manager – Devin Cristor

SCOTT CARON (Asst. Director, Apprentice) is a director, actor and educator. Originally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, he is now based out of New York City. Scott is a co-founder of The Regatta Players, a company he administrated from its 2010 inception until making his directorial debut with their 2017 productions, First Date and Evita. Acting credits include: The Imbible (Off-Broadway at New World Stages), Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre), All Shook Up, Les Misérables (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Comedy of Errors, I Remember Mama (Monomoy Theatre). Scott is also a coach for Shrewsbury High School’s Speech and Debate Team with state-level and national champions in drama and public speaking. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School (University of Hartford). Immense gratitude to his parents for their unending support. www.scottcaron.com

DEVIN CRISTOR (Asst. Stage Manager, Apprentice) is a recent graduate from University of North Texas, with a B.A. in Theatre. The Dallas native has served as stage manager, assistant stage manager, and intern at various theatre companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His career goals consist of becoming an established stage manager for Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, direct new work plays for regional theatres, and teach. He is grateful for the opportunity the Gloucester Stage Company has provided him.
Lauren Corcuera (Properties Design) is proud and excited to be joining not only The Agitators team but also Gloucester Stage for the first time. Favorite credits include Cabaret (Moonbox Productions), Noir Hamlet (Centastage), Enter Laughing (scenic artist – Salem State Univerity). Education: BFA Design/Technology, Emerson College.

DEWEY DELLAY (Sound Design) is pleased to be back at Gloucester Stage. His most recent work in the area has included Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Lyric Stage), The Bakelite Masterpiece (New Rep), Anna Christie (Lyric Stage), and Constellations (Underground Railway) which received an Elliot Norton Award. His was composer for 5 seasons of Our America with Lisa Ling and now contributes music to This is Life with Lisa Ling.

MARY HURD† (Costume Design) is excited to be designing at Gloucester Stage for the first time. She has designed productions for several fringe companies in Boston including the Elliot Norton award winning production of Spinning into Butter at the Theater Cooperative in Somerville. Most recently she designed costumes for Fefu and Her Friends, at Brandeis University. In addition to design Mary has worked as a cutter, first-hand, stitcher, alterations tailor, dresser, design assistant, and costume shop manager for theater companies in Boston and New York including The Huntington Theater Company, Boston Ballet, American Repertory Theater, Costume Works, Boston Conservatory, Barbara Matera’s and Tricorne. While at the ART Mary was the costume shop manager for the Cambridge run of The Glass Managerie, and went to Broadway with the production as the Assistant Costume Designer

JACQUI PARKER (Director) is a Boston-based, playwright, actor and director. Ms. Parker is thrilled to direct The Agitators at Gloucester Stage. She has won numerous awards for her work as an artist including; the Elliot Norton Award, Boston Theatre Hero Award, eight Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) and the DRYLONGSO Award, for her struggle against racism. She is named one of Boston’s most influential people, in Don West’s book Portraits of Purpose. Parker was the visiting playwright at Hibernian Hall, where she wrote and directed five productions; One of those plays, A Crack in the Blue Wall, was nominated as Best New Play, by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Directing credits include; Glitch at the Contemporary Theatre at Boston Conservatory, Top Eye Open at Hibernian Hall, Wrestling With Freedom Part I at Hibernian Hall, Polaroid Stories, by Naomi Iizuka, at Harvard University, Intimate Apparel at Brandeis University, Body & Sold, by Deborah Lake Fortson and produced by Amy Merril, at Hibernian Hall. Ms. Parker is presently a part of the I Dream Team at Emerson College, devising New Works in High Schools across the city of Boston.

JEFFREY PETERSEN (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to make his GSC design debut with The Agitators. Recent New England design credits include: Divas (Opera Hub); Lonely Planet, Statements, Unveiled (New Repertory Theatre); Elemeno Pea, Lost Tempo, Equal Writes, Restricted, and The Honey Trap (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Werther Project, Uncommon Women and Others, Cosi fan tutte, Rosmersholm, and The Whitmores (Boston University). Assistant design credits include Melancholy Play (Trinity Rep). Select Technical credits include: The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, and Galileo (Classic Stage Company); Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat (HERE); Rated P (Westside Theatre); Ripcord, Come Back Little Sheba, The Second Girl, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Huntington Theatre Company); Brecht on Brecht and Thurgood (New Rep). Select regional design credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, Pavilion, Sylvia, Last Five Years, Glass Menagerie, and String (Yellow Tree Theatre); and Rocky Horror Live (Cardinal Theatricals). jeffreypetersendesign.com

STEPHEN PETRILLI† (Lighting Designer) is working with Gloucester Stage for the first time. He has also designed for Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Bridge Rep of Boson, Arlekin Players’ Theatre, Hibernian Hall, The Pearl Theatre Company, NAATCo and The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in his hometown of Pittsburgh. In the dance community he has worked with Anikaya Dance Theatre, Doppelganger Dance Collective, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Prometheus Dance, Zoe Dance and Ailey II. He has a fifteen year old son, Liam. stephen-petrilli-lighting.com

MAT SMART (Playwright) recent world premieres include Kill Local at the La Jolla Playhouse (nominated for Outstanding New Play by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle) and The Agitators at Geva (which became the highest attended four-week run of a play in Geva’s 40+ year history). Mat is currently under commission by The Second City and the La Jolla Playhouse to write a comedy about white privilege. Other plays include: The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre in Chicago, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work; Stage West), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Steppenwolf; Passage Theatre), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre; Huntington), and Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva; Merrimack Rep). An avid traveler and baseball fan, he has been to all of the states, all of the continents, and all of the current MLB stadiums. A native of Illinois, he currently lives in Manhattan.

JENNA WORDEN* (Stage Manager) is happy to return for her fourth consecutive season with Gloucester Stage, where she worked in some capacity on every show last year. Favorite GSC credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Out of Sterno, The Flick, and The Totalitarians, In addition, Jenna has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Richard III, Old Money, Death and the Maiden, Our American Hamlet), WGBH (A Christmas Celtic Sojourn), Phoenix Theatre, and Childsplay AZ. Jenna earned both her BA in Theatre Studies and BSEd in History from Northern Arizona University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

*denotes Actor’s Equity Association (AEA)
†denotes United Scenic Artists (USA)

 

The Agitators is a New England Premiere presented under special arrangement with writer and representing agency.