And Yet We Persist


And Yet We Persist is a no-holds-barred exploration of the epic battles, lies and betrayals that took place between Susan B. Anthony and the power brokers of her time. The play explores her political maneuverings; her love affair with Anna Dickinson; her fraught relationship with Frederick Douglass; and her partnership with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. And in a brief flash-forward to the present, the play also asks: how much has really changed in the power dynamic between men and women?

Reviews from first table read, And Yet We Persist:

“Susan B. Anthony is a dynamic protagonist. She has really clear objectives, is constantly in action, and constantly at war with people who oppose her. She is just a bad-ass!”

“We are following Susan, and we know we are supposed to be sympathetic toward her, but what makes it a fun ride is that she has a certain amount of hubris. She believes it’s her way or the highway. When she finally falls, she falls from a great height.”

“I loved the weaving of the personal stories and the big political maneuverings.”

“The rug was continually pulled out from under me in this play, and I found that very satisfying.”

“The stakes are huge for everyone, and that’s what makes the play so much fun. The betrayals — personal and political — were effectively dramatized, and made for a page-turning read. It is very act-able, and easy to see on stage. Just great theater!”

“What I love is that the relationships among the women were very complicated, and the men also had some real dimension to them. Most people in historical plays seem wooden, but these characters seemed really alive.”

“This play reminded me how messy history is. And this messiness bled into the women’s lives. People who should have been working together were pitted against each other, because those with power had no intention of sharing it.”

“The play helped me understand issues of intersectionality in a way I hadn’t been able to before. This history helped me make connections with what is happening today, and that’s why it’s so successful.”

Daphne White

Berkeley, California

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