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November 11, 2022 at 7:00pm

W.E. Scott Theater at Arts Fort Worth


Fort Worth Opera presents the World premiere of Stand Up! a 45 minute chamber opera at the Scott Theatre on Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm. Composed by Joe Illick, and libretto by Sheran Goodspeed-Keyton, Stand Up! gives the audience a snapshot of the life of South African activist Stephen Biko during  Apartheid in the 1960s that segues to a Cultural Studies class in 2022, where a young black student struggles with his own will to speak out. With contemporary, high-spirited music and movement at the forefront of this compelling story, stand up will leave audiences not only applauding but feeling empowered!

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Nathaniel Catasca

SAP Constable

Donald Woods

Big Mike

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Adia Evans

Nontsikelelo "Ntsiki" Mashalaba


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Kaswanna Kanyinda

Bukelwa Biko

Mrs. Stafford

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Malcolm Payne, Jr.

Bantu Stephen Biko



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Joe Illick


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Sheran Goodspeed Keyton


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Dr. Erica Vernice Simmons


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Samille Palm Kotei

Costume Designer

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Jennifer Felix

Set and Props Designer

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Dr. Charlene Lotz

Music Director

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Tyrinika Washington

Stage Manager

This production is generously underwritten by


Claytor Family Charitable Foundation


HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation


Brenda Marie Turner

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