A year after nearly 2,000 spectators gathered in nine Chicago parks to experience the power of American civil rights fighter Fannie Lou Hamer, the Goodman Theater is producing Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer) by Cheryl L. West, directed by Goodman Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez.
This immersive and electric call to action, filled with music and movement, is West’s original piece from which she adapted the abridged version – Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It !, which toured the parks of Chicago. in September / October 2020. unstoppable “(Chicago Tribune) Chicago favorite E. Faye Butler expands her performance as the main character. Three musicians – Deonté Brantley, Morgan E. and Felton Offard (in performances from 15 to October 31) and Michael Ross (during performances November 3-14) – join Butler on stage to breathe new life into more than 10 iconic spirituals, including “We Shall Not Be Moved”, “I’m on My Way to Freedom “and” I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round “.
Fannie (The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer) appears from October 15 to November 14 (opening night is Monday October 25 at 7 p.m.); tickets (starting at $ 15) are now on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org/Fannie or by calling 312.443.3800. This Goodman co-commission with the Seattle Repertory Theater had previously appeared as part of the New Stages Festival 2019. The Goodman is grateful for the support of PNC, Arts in Community Sponsor; Abbott Fund, Corporate Sponsoring Partner; and Allstate, Youth Arts Sponsor.
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“Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the most inspiring and powerful women in the civil rights movement, but she remains an unsung heroine,” said playwright Cheryl L. West. “My own family is from Mississippi, so I was particularly motivated to tell the story of a Mississippi woman in her own vernacular. Fannie Lou’s goal was to empower her neighbors and help them along the way. I hope Goodman’s audience is uplifted and inspired to action by watching his story. “
“As an immigrant to this country that was raised to be fiercely patriotic, I was drawn to Fannie’s unwavering love for America, even as she courageously stood up against intolerance and injustice, ”director Henry Godinez said. As Cheryl L. West’s magnificent play shows, Fannie’s drive to seek unity and justice and her deeply rooted belief that we are one nation despite our differences, in fact reinforced by our diversity, is an inspiration. for me.”
Fannie Lou Hamer, who would become known for her political activism and continued civil rights efforts, was 44 years old before she discovered she had the right to vote. It took him three attempts to pass the Mississippi voter registration test, which was designed to deprive people of color and those with few educational opportunities of their rights. Ms Hamer spent the rest of her life fiercely defending civil and voting rights, surviving extreme violence to help found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the National Women’s Political Caucus. For more information, explore this timeline from the life of Fannie Lou Hamer.