Know Theatre of Cincinnati


When I liberate myself, I liberate you!

After a lifetime of agitating for civil rights on the highest platforms in our land, the incredible Fannie Lou Hamer is coming to a neighborhood near you to share her passion for justice – and maybe pass on a spark of her flame.

Know Theatre presents a traveling production that recreates Fannie’s famous civil-rights rallies. Fannie is bringing her pickup truck and her Music Man to a parking lot near you to share her journey from sharecropper to activist, sing her favorite old-school spirituals with you, and empower you to be the fearless firebrand she knows you can be.

The Know is partnering with The Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative to conduct voter registration drives at every pay-what-you-can performance.

All patrons will be asked to wear masks, and maintain a distance of at least six feet from those outside their party as often as possible.

10 words: To Hope is to Vote.

Rated: PG

Run Time: About 45 minutes.

Livestream Performance

If you’re unable to join us in person, we’re offering a livestream performance on Saturday October 3 at 6:30pm.

Reserve your Livestream ticket here!

Creative Team

Director: Derek Snow
Scenic Designer: Andrew Hungerford
Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
Sound Designer: Douglas Borntrager
Props Design & Scenic Art: Kayla Williams
Stage Manager: Meghan Winter
Technical Director: Henry Bateman
Associate Technical Director: Nick Koehlke
Transportation Captain: Brandon Johnston
Properties Artisan: Kara Eble Trusty

Arrangements by: Felton Offard

Original Director: Henry Godinez

Originally commissioned and developed by
Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre


Elizabeth Leigh Taylor as Fannie

Nathan Singer as the Music Man

FANNIE LOU HAMER, SPEAK ON IT! is produced by special arrangement with BRET ADAMS, LTD., 448 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Guest Artist Sponsor

Judge (Ret.) Mark P. Painter

Community Sponsor

The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. US Bank Foundation

Additional Community Support

Sophia McAllister

The Rodenberg Family Foundation
Drew Gores & George Warrington

Mary Rita Dominic & Buddy Goose

Neighborhood Sponsors

First Financial Bank

Kennedy Heights Community Council

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

Dave Levy & Jennifer Verkamp

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, September 236:30pmKnow Theatre, North Lot21 E. 12th Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
Thursday, September 246:30pmThe Carnegie1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY 41011
Friday, September 256:30pmThe Fitton Center101 S Monument Ave, Hamilton, OH 45011
Saturday, September 263:30pmWyoming Fine Arts Center322 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215
Saturday, September 266:30pmPrice Hill Will3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45205
Sunday, September 273:30pmWestwood Public Library3345 Epworth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Sunday, September 276:30pmMuseum Center1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Wednesday, September 306:30pmThe Bonbonerie2030 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Thursday, October 16:30pmFindlay Market Beer Garden1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Friday, October 26:30pmFountain Square520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Saturday, October 33:30pmArtsville – Madisonville5021 Whetsel Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Saturday, October 36:30pmMadison Lot – East Walnut Hills1523 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Sunday, October 43:30pmKennedy Heights Arts Center6546 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213
Sunday, October 46:30pmFive Points Alley – Walnut Hills2425 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Please double check the location on the date you plan to attend!

Any amount you can contribute helps Know Theatre keep making art, and paying artists, through the pandemic!