"Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak on It!" Musical on Transit Pier

calendar icon Oct. 23, 2020 – Oct. 30, 2020
map marker icon Transit Pier Floating Stage
Event Hours
Daily from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Arena Stage's musical production of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! is a captivating call to action and look at Fannie Lou Hamer, the impassioned freedom fighter who became one of the most powerful female voices of the civil and voting rights movements. This show is being performed outdoors on the Transit Pier Floating Stage at The Wharf in advance of the 2020 election. 

Two-time Helen Hayes award-winner E. Faye Butler (Arena’s CarouselAin’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 BeePullman Porter Blues) play Fannie, shines a light on the importance of exercising your right to vote.

Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak On It! is generously sponsored by Holly Hassett. 

The video production of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! is generously sponsored by Nelson Mullins.  

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.


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.


The performances take place at the Transit Pier Floating Stage at The Wharf. Admission is free and ticketed. The production runs approximately 50 minutes with no intermission. The show runs from October 23-October 30, with performances at 5:30pm each day and 1:00pm on 10/24 and 10/25.

Fannie Lou Hamer performances are currently sold out. Please continue to check the Arena Stage website for the most up-to-date information on ticket availability.