"Failure is Impossible!" -- Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words
a dramatic portrayal by the Heritage Players of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bev and Stu Smith and Valerie Loughney
Through a series of interviews, dialogues, and narrated episodes, Susan B. Anthony, portrayed by Bev Smith, comes to life in her crusade for human rights, particularly those of women. Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, this dynamic, tireless woman contributed all she had to secure the vote for women. In 1872 she was arrested for voting for a representative in Congress. Her trial attracted nationwide attention. Retiring as President of the National American Suffrage Association at the age of 80, she died fourteen years before Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote in 1920. Incidentally, the 19th Amendment was called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment as a tribute to this woman who dedicated over 50 years of her life for this cause. By the way, Wisconsin was the first state in the union to ratify the amendment on June 13, 1919.
In her presentation, Bev will incorporate material she has researched on Anthony’s visits to an 1886 series of Women’s Suffrage Conventions held in Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Eau Claire and Green Bay. Bev is an actress, educator and musician who has created dramatic portrayals of several historic women including Elizabeth Baird, Wisconsin pioneer; Grandma Moses, America folk artist; Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize winning author from Wisconsin and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pulitzer Prize winning poet to mention a few. She and her husband, Stu, are co-directors of the Heritage Players, a group they organized to present plays and programs of local interest and includes their daughter, Valerie Loughney.