The Hamilton Chicago cast continues to prove that they are taking after their revolution-hungry roles that they play on stage every night.
On Jan. 21 during the women’s marches happening all around the world, most of the cast took to the streets, marching alongside the crowd. The women who play the Schuyler sisters, Karen Olivo, Arianna Afsar and Samantha Marie Ware, made incredible, inspirational speeches that day which you can watch here.
Now the cast is hosting “Rise Up: A Special Night of Music with the Cast of Hamilton,” a benefit concert in support of the ACLU of Illinois.
The ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state/federal human rights laws. Their advocacy is legendary in the areas of racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of expression, the rights of children and people with disabilities, criminal justice reform, fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals and reproductive rights.
Arianna Afsar, who plays the role of Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton, has been very vocal in her support of the ACLU. She recently attended a luncheon for the ACLU and made a speech about the fight for equal rights of women and her experiences of being a Muslim-American, which you can watch part of below in her Instagram post.
The ACLU needs us now more than ever. I had the honor to share my story last Friday for the @acluofil Luncheon. Always Speak Out, Stand Up, and Block the Noise. . . #blockthenoise #aclu #acluofil #womenempowerment #womanpower #fightforequalrights #equality #americancivillibertiesunion #prouddesi #desigirl #desi
Arianna, the rest of the Hamilton Chicago cast, and other various artists will be hosting this concert at Moonlight Studios on April 3rd, and all the proceeds will be going towards the ACLU to support their generous work. If you are in the Illinois/Chicago area I highly recommend attending if you can, the Hamilton Chicago cast is a very talented group of performers of different genders, orientations, and ethnicities. Plus, it’s all going towards a good cause. If you are interested, you can buy tickets here.