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Seattle Rep's New Online Series PLAYS IN PROCESS Takes Audiences Behind-the-Scenes of FANNIE

This Plays in Process presentation will feature leading actor E. Faye Butler.

Seattle Rep's New Online Series PLAYS IN PROCESS Takes Audiences Behind-the-Scenes of FANNIE

Last month, Seattle Rep announced its exciting new program Plays in Process, a virtual series that offers audiences guided and rare exposure to the raw, behind-the-scenes collaborative process of creating a play, featuring new works on the horizon at Seattle Rep. At the end of this month, Seattle Rep's first Plays in Process presentation will feature Fannie, a play by award-winning local playwright Cheryl L. West, featuring music direction and arrangements by Felton Offard, and acclaimed actor E. Faye Butler, recently named "Chicagoan of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune. Plays in Process full series passes, as well as single tickets to this first installment, are on sale now at SeattleRep.org.

Fannie is a captivating call to action and look at the impassioned freedom fighter, Fannie Lou Hamer, who became one of the most powerful female voices of the civil and voting rights movements. The play is currently in development and is a co-commission with The Goodman Theatre, where it was recently announced as part of the 2021 Season line-up. In response to the pandemic-related theater shutdowns of 2020, the Goodman collaborated with the Chicago Park District to adapt Fannie for a series of outdoor productions throughout the city and beyond. DC Theatre Scene called the outdoor production of this abridged version of Fannie-titled Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!-"soul stirring," and the Chicago Tribune described E. Faye Butler's performance as "utterly unstoppable."

Butler's career spans over 40 years; she has performed and directed both musicals and plays in theaters across the country and internationally. She has won many awards for her work including nine Joseph Jefferson Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, four Black Theatre Alliance Awards, an Ovation Award, Sarah Siddons Leading Lady Award, Excellence in the Arts, R.A.M.I. Award, Two Black Excellence Awards, and many others. Seattle Rep audiences know Butler from her stand-out performance in Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues in 2012.

After months of development, the creative team and cast of this highly anticipated new musical play will continue their work, offering audiences a window into the process of adapting and refining this captivating story.

"We are a nation bereft of hope. The play, which speaks to Fannie Lou Hamer's life and mission, is a testament to hope renewed. It is my hope that her words will continue to inspire and remind us that we are one United States of America," West said.

The Plays in Process five-part series pass is now available to purchase at the suggested price of $75. A single ticket to the Fannie presentation is also available now for the suggested price of $20. Other individual event tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. Reservations are required for these events and pay what you choose options are available. Purchase your pass today at SeattleRep.org.


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