Friday, April 12, 2024

Story of Fannie Lou Hamer comes at a perfect time

With the Donald Trump indictment on many people’s minds, TheatreWorks’ musical Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer could not have come at a better time.

Playing through April 2 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre, the one woman show of Hamer is 70 captivating minutes of the black politician’s story set to music.

Tight script by Cheryl L. West and direction by Tim Bond brings Hamer’s story to life as she fought for years to allow blacks to vote. While Hamer was a human rights activist, she fought for all people’s rights and not just of African American and her speeches were captivating thanks to the stirring performance of Greta Oglesby.

Star Oglesby brings the character to life and does wonder with songs and in speeches that Hamer has made in her many years running for office.

Greta Oglesby as civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” performing March 8 – April 2 at Lucie Stern Theatre.

Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

The scenic design of Gregory Robinson and projection designer Miko S. Simmons bring the reality of Hamer to life and make you feel as part of history instead of just watching it.

If you want to feel part of history, get tickets and information at  The Lucie Stern Theatre is down the Peninsula from San Francisco.

Kevin M. Thomas

Kevin M. Thomas, or @ReelKev, is an arts blogger and entertainment reporter. In addition to his own website, and ReelKev YouTube channel, Kevin used to be the LGBT arts writer for and contributes to as well as a semi-regular on San Francisco's cable TV show, "10 Percent."

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