Fannie Lou Hamer Speak On It!
October 23 - October 30, 2020
Adapted by Cheryl L. West from her play Fannie,
Directed by Henry Godinez
Music Direction and Arrangements by Felton Offard
Sound Design by David Naugton
Transit Pier Floating Stage at the Wharf
Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! is a captivating call to action and look at the impassioned freedom fighter who became one of the most powerful female voices of the civil and voting rights movements. Two-time Helen Hayes award-winner E. Faye Butler (Arena’s Carousel, Ain’t Misbehavin’) takes on the title role as Fannie Lou Hamer. The rousing production features excerpts of Hamer’s famed speeches and is infused with powerful spirituals, civil rights anthems and relevant political action.This abridged version of Cheryl L. West’s (Arena’s Akeelah and the Bee, Pullman Porter Blues) play Fannie, shines a light on the importance of exercising your right to vote in the 2020 election.
Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak On It! is generously sponsored by the Artistic Director Fund and Holly Hassett.
The video production of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! is generously sponsored by Nelson Mullins.
Arena Stage extends its thanks to our partners The SWBID and The Wharf and to Mayor Bowser, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and DC Health for their guidance and support.
The production runs approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.
Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! was commissioned and developed by Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! artwork designed by Cori Lewis, Goodman Theatre Senior Designer, Brand Strategy.
E. FAYE BUTLER
CHERYL L. WEST
Arena Stage is taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of artists, staff and audience members. Heightened cleaning procedures and sanitizing stations will be in place. Temperature checks will be required for all artists, staff and audience members. Social distancing and masks are required.
Each performance will be limited to 40 patrons with a limit of four tickets per group. Once seated, audience members will be asked to remain in their seats throughout the performance. All seats will be arranged with social distancing guidelines in place.