Hampton the Subject of Drama

“Dead to Rights, Hampton the Subject of Drama.” By Mary Houlihan-Skilton. Chicago Sun-Times. February 20, 1998


When he first delved into the untimely death of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, playwright Robert Myers couldn’t find the key to turning the infamous event into a theatrical production. “It was an intriguing idea for a play,” he explained. “But I couldn’t find a starting point, a place to begin writing from.” Hampton is the radical leader who was shot to death by Cook County state’s attorney’s police in a controversial 1969 raid on the Black Panthers’ Chicago headquarters. “It’s become one of those incidents that starkly illuminates history and how the government chose to deal with dissent in the ’60s,” said Myers.