WomenArts and the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will present the East Coast premiere of Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, a full-length opera by Mary D. Watkins, on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in Chapin Auditorium on the Mount Holyoke campus.
Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the first African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi in the 1960s. She stood her ground in the face of beatings, harassment, death threats, and imprisonment to secure voting rights for her people. The opera explores her childhood as the daughter of share-croppers, her decision to fight for her rights, her confrontations with leaders of the Democratic Party over integrating the Mississippi delegation, and the impact of her activism on her husband and children.
Tickets are $20 Front Section; $15 General Admission; and $10 Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at: http://darkriveropera.brownpapertickets.com at Odyssey Bookshop, Broadside Books and Food for Thought Books. (Cash and checks only at the bookstores.) Visit www.darkriveropera.org for more information about the opera.