Go, Granny D to be performed Nov. 1
at the Asheville Unitarian-Universalist Congregation
Asheville actress Barbara Bates Smith will bring Go, Granny D, her one-woman show about Doris “Granny D” Haddock, to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Smith’s performance, accompanied by musician Jeff Sebens, tells the inspiring story of 90-year-old Granny D Haddock, who blazed a 3,200-mile trail across America in 2000 for campaign finance reform. The performance is open to the public; a $10 donation is suggested but all are welcome. Childcare will be provided: please call Nick Andrea at cyc [at] uuasheville.org by October 21.
Granny D Haddock’s months-long walk helped precipitate the passage of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act, and she continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives. Parts of McCain-Feingold were struck down in 2010 by the Supreme Court in its infamous Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited personal and corporate contributions to the political process. That same year, at age 100, Granny D issued her final challenge: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”
Bates and Sebens have returned with rave reviews from a recent West Coast tour of the show. Elizabeth Kasensky of Daily Kos wrote after the Palo Alto performance, “Their show is a fabulous tribute to a remarkable woman. You will laugh, you will be amazed and you will cheer.”
The performance in Ashland, OR, inspired Linda Sturgeons of Move to Amend to say: “We loved the play, and we loved you and Jeff. Your going that extra mile, as Granny D did, inspired everyone in the room to do more. You are awesome.”
Sylvia Shih of the Monterey Peace & Justice Center said: “It was an inspirational play, with that Can Do spirit—a call to action for people young and old.”
Barbara Bates Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of Ivy Rowe from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for more than twenty years with the works of Lee Smith—recently adding those of Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus in her current “Civil War Cameos.” For a decade, Jeff Sebens has accompanied her shows on hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo.
The performance of Go, Granny D is sponsored by Move to Amend Buncombe County, a non-partisan organization dedicated to passage by Congress of a Constitutional Amendment declaring corporations are not people and money is not speech. For more information about this performance, contact Susan Broadhead at s_broadhead [at] hotmail.com or 828-669-1785. To learn more about Move to Amend, visit movetoamend.org, or contact Lew Patrie at patrie.wncpsr [at] main.nc.us or 828-299-1242.