The Suffragist

Alice Paul is a young radical. Carrie Chapman Catt is a seasoned organizer. This inspirational and absorbing true story dramatizes their struggles against the government, society, and each other. It is a hard-fought battle with both women moving towards a shared goal: winning the vote.

Book & Lyrics by Cavan Hallman
Music by Nancy Hill Cobb

Coming to the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Cedar Falls, IA
June 5 - 7, 2020

A Forgotten American Revolutionary

Alice Paul was a bold iconoclast challenging conventions of femininity, leadership, and the Quaker ideals of her upbringing. She organized the first ever protests outside the White House, for which she was fined, jailed, and subjected to over twenty force-feedings at the hands of the US government. A relentless champion of women,  Paul was a key architect of the Equal Rights Amendment after her successful advocacy of a federal solution to female suffrage.

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A New American Musical

"The Suffragist" follows Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Lucy Burns, Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, and others as they struggle to justify the means for their ultimate goal: winning the franchise for women. This battle of ideas and leadership is painted in intimate human moments, and with musical spectacle, bringing to life the parades, rallies and protests these revolutionary activists used to advance their cause.

Support Our Production

The June 2020 production is made possible through partnerships with the University of Northern Iowa, "Hard Won Not Done," The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and generous donations from people like you! Click the button to become involved.

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Did You Know?

American women were the first people to hold organized protests outside the White House. They were jailed and repeatedly tortured by the US government, simply for demanding the right to vote.

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A Musical for Today

Women make up 51% of the US population, but receive 1/3 fewer principal roles in professional theatre. The time is ripe to share this passionate and inspirational female-driven musical with a large audience.

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100 Years in the Making

The debut of "The Suffragist" at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.