(Above) E. Faye Butler is performing in Fannie, The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, at the Goodman Theater until November 21. Photos by Liz Lauren. (Click on the images to view larger versions.)
In her portrayal of civil rights activist and activist Fannie Lou Hamer, E. Faye Butler speaks directly to the public and puts it as it is. She’s telling the truth, even if people don’t want to hear it.
2-Nov-21 ?? Fannie, also known as Fannie, The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, open to a grateful audience and the addition of five performances of this powerful, dramatic and inspiring piece.
Written by Cheryl L. West ?? adapted from his original piece, Fannie Lou Hamer, talk about it! ?? this immersive show toured Chicago parks in September / October 2020 and has now been extended at the Goodman Theater until November 21.
Showcasing the dynamics E. Faye Butler as an American civil rights freedom fighter Fannie Lou Hamer, Fannie has been hailed in theaters across the country. No one else could have played Fannie with as much grace and strength as Butler.
Butler plays the role of a woman known for her political activism and her continued efforts for civil and voting rights in Mississippi. Incredibly, Hamer was 44 when she found out she had the right to vote. It took him three attempts to pass the Mississippi voter registration test, which was designed to confuse people of color and others with limited educational opportunities.
Hamer spent the rest of her life fiercely defending civic and voting rights, surviving violence and prison to help found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
What’s so amazing about Butler’s performance is his ability to take audiences through all phases of Fannie’s life, both tragedy and joy. Butler knows how to make it heard and moans as she gets angry through the song. Fannie makes you wonder if the tie could have happened sooner if all women gathered for the right to vote.
Butler invites the audience to sing along with her, adding to the feeling of being part of the story. You can’t help but applaud and sing along. His performance was captivating and deserved a standing ovation.
With clips of real events and unsung heroes like Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X on display, the public gets an authentic view of the civil rights movement.
A tribute to his three musicians: Deont Brantley, Morgan., Felton Offard (October 25-31), and Michael ross (November 3-24), who accompany Butler on stage in more than ten iconic spirituals, including We will not be moved, I’m on my way to freedom, and I won’t let nobody turn me around.
Fannie is led by the Resident Artistic Associate Henri godinez and produced in co-commission between the Goodman Theater and the Seattle Repertory Theater.
The creative team includes Colette Pollard (decor), Michael alan stein (costume design), Jason lynch (lighting design), Victoria Deiorio (sound design), Rasean Davonte Johnson (projection design), and Mr. Bernard (wig design). Musical direction and arrangements are by Felton Offard and the dramaturgy is by christine somption.
Fannie plays 70 minutes without an intermission.
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