Up Next: Our Monthly Staged Reading
Friday, June 12, 8 pm – NOTE: This is a second Friday
Jeff Fort and Fred Hampton: A Revolutionary Love Story,
by Steven Long
directed by the playwright
This play centers around three secret conversations that most likely happened between Jeff Fort, the legendary gang leader of the Blackstone Rangers, and Fred Hampton, a 20-year-old revolutionary who led the Chicago Black Panther Party of Illinois. The FBI feared that Jeff Fort and Fred Hampton might actually join forces. In the last years of J. Edgar Hoover’s reign, Hoover did not want to see the Black Panther Party double in size, and he was determined to stop that from happening! Part of the story centers on what made the FBI so anxious about two 20-year-old black kids from Chicago, and more importantly, what still blocks a young black man’s potential today.
Steven Long is a new friend to the Players. He started working in professional theater as an actor at 16, and has since performed in over 100 plays in theaters that have included the Goodman Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center. He went to school at Webster University and Columbia College where he started teaching acting and began the Theodore Ward Prize for Playwriting, a national playwriting contest. He has written three screenplays and four plays.
Our reading will be staged at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn. Admission $5 at the door.
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