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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Musical Stageplay to Bring 1930’s Actress Hattie McDaniel Back to Life in an Award-Winning Performance in San Francisco

Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actor to win an Oscar for her performance in “Gone With the Wind” in 1940.

A one-woman musical stageplay in her legacy, “Hattie McDaniel… What I Need You to Know!” starring Vickilyn Reynolds, will premiere in the Bay Area at the Cowell Theatre from June 21 to 24, 2018.

Vickilyn Reynolds as Hattie McDaniel in a new musical stageplay

The late Hattie McDaniel (left) and actress Vickilyn Reynolds (right)

San Francisco, CA — Rich-Rey Productions LLC has announced the Bay Area premiere of Hattie McDaniel… What I Need You To Know! starring actress Vickilyn Reynolds as Hattie McDaniel, the trailblazing Gone with the Wind Academy Award-winner. Hattie McDaniel…, directed by Byron Nora, will perform from June 21 – 24, 2018 at the Cowell Theatre located within the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture (2 Marina Blvd, Landmark Building C, Suite 260, San Francisco, CA 94123).

“I am very excited to open in San Francisco,” said Vickilyn Reynolds. “I had such a great time when I was there with the tour of George C. Wolfe’s Bring in da noise, Bring in da funk. The people of San Fran are a kind and giving audience and I look forward to this run there.”

Hattie McDaniel… What I Need You To Know! takes the audience on a dramatic musical journey exploring Hattie’s life from her early childhood, her relationship with her family and her difficult decision to leave and move to Los Angeles. Audiences will witness her pursuit of artistic dreams during a time filled with racism and segregation.

In addition to Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Nora (Director who also serves as Lighting and Set Designer), the creative team includes Alyssa Champo (Stage Manager), A. Lee Reynolds (Executive Producer), Kevin Mayes (Costume Designer), Mylette Nora (Costume Designer) and Shelia Dorn (Wig Design).

Attendees to the musical stageplay are encouraged to dress up in 1930’s attire.

How to attend:

Tickets range from $25 – $100 and can be purchased online at www.fortmason.org/event/hattie-mcdaniel-play/, by calling (415) 345-7500, by sending an email to ticketing@fortmason.org or in-person at the Box Office.

(To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or ad placements in the program, call 562-381-0594.)


Critical Acclaim for Hattie McDaniel… What I Need You To Know!

“[Vickilyn Reynolds] makes McDaniel such a likable presence that it’s a pleasure to spend some time in her company.” — The New York Times

“Vickilyn Reynolds is a vocal powerhouse.” – Dan Bacalzo, TheaterMania.com

“If ever a woman were born to portray pioneering Denver actress Hattie McDaniel, it’s this gardenia-wielding doppelganger.” — The Denver Post

“Actress/singer Vickilyn Reynolds aims to expand the public’s knowledge and appreciation of her with the riveting one-woman powerhouse show.” — Huffington Post


Jonathan White