Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, will host a reading of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass speeches to celebrate Rochester’s role in the Civil Rights and Suffrage movements at 7 p.m. May 23.
Both Anthony and Douglass lived in Rochester. In anticipation of an upcoming play commissioned from playwright Mat Smart, author of Geva’s 2014 production “Tinker to Evers to Chance” about the friendship between Anthony and Douglass, Geva will present a reading of some of their most rousing speeches and writings.
Kathryn Meisle, currently appearing on the Wilson Stage in “The May Queen” will read excerpts from Anthony’s speeches and Peter Fernandez will read Douglass’s. After the reading, Smart will host an open conversation with the audience.
Tickets are free but reservations are recommended. For more information, call 585-232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org.