E. Faye Butler will star in a live, outdoor Goodman play about activist Fannie Lou Hamer, touring Chicago parks

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The show on offer now is essentially a free, outdoor, 40-minute cutting of a one-woman show that was originally intended to be 90 minutes (that longer production still is on the docket for whenever indoor theater returns to the City of Chicago). West said the Chicago Park District had imposed other rules, including nixing the Hamer character teaching the audience her favorite freedom songs, collective singing being discouraged in the COVID era, even outdoors. That said, Butler will sing the songs with the audience at a safe distance. There are to be capacity controls in the roped-off areas in front of the stage, but people also will be able to visit the park as normal and, from afar, watch as little or as much of the performance as they wish.

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