Unique production depicting American history on trial
Last year “Can I Get a Witness?” debuted for the first time outside of First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Seattle. Traditionally this annual production was performed within the church but last year it was decided a bigger venue was needed. The play was moved to Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and was so popular that an additional night was added this year.
Similar to the dream sequence fashion of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, “Can I Get a Witness?”-Volume II, focuses on a young Ivy League man, Carlton Banks, who refuses to accept his African heritage or acknowledge that God is real.
FAME Church Seattle Sr. Pastor, Carey G. Anderson says that historically religion has always been important in African History
“The church has played an integral part in African history. The story of our ancestors has not always been told correctly so it is our job to ensure that it is,” said Anderson.
Now that the production has moved to a larger venue, it will continue to reach a much larger audience.
“I am proud that FAME Church Seattle is providing such a unique opportunity to educate and inspire,” Anderson continued.
Although this year’s Volume II is an extension of last year’s performance, director Steve Sneed says that there are some new powerful elements that have been added. “Volume II is the same, but different. There are completely new scenes and additional changes to engage the audience. This is a very special gift to Seattle”.
In addition to new scenes, there are some new faces in the production this year such as veteran actor, comedian and director Isiah Anderson Jr.
“Black is Our-Story, not His-Story. So if it is to be told, I’m honored to be a part of this amazing production” said Anderson.
“Can I Get a Witness?”-Volume II will play on Fri., Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sat., Mar. 8 at 2:00 p.m. Both performances will take place at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S. in Seattle. Tickets are free and available at Eventbrite.com.