Hattie...What I Need You to Know

This campaign will fund the next run of this inspired one-woman show/musical about the life Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to receive an Oscar.


Hattie...To Return to the Stage!!!

348 Management LLC is proud to represent the renowned Vickilyn Reynolds and her efforts to commemorate and honor the life of Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to receive an Academy Award in 1940 for her performance in Gone With The Wind.

Hattie…What I Need You To Know! Honors and pays tribute to the many accomplishments of Hattie McDaniel including being the first African American to perform on the radio. She appeared in over 300 films, although she was credited for only 80. Not everyone appreciated her success and she was quoted to telling critics “I’d rather play a maid and make $700 a week than be a maid and make $7.”

“(Vickilyn Reynolds) makes McDaniel such a likable presence that it’s a pleasure to spend some time in her company...(w)hen she sings...the rafters shake, and the audience can’t sit still.”

- New York Times, Rachel Saltz

Reynolds knocks out a roof-blower like “St Louis Blues and for a few minutes, we might as well be sitting alongside McDaniel in heaven.”

- Denver Post, John Moore


What We Need & What You Get!

We need $50,000 to reopen the show in Fall 2013 - to cover production costs and begin what we plan to be a national tour of the show in 2014.

Perks include listing in the playbill as funders and sponsors, and for larger contributions, invitations to serve as producers and attend the performances.

Have you ever wanted to get your foot in the door in the world of theater production - well, this is your chance!

Even if we don't meet our goal, we will open the show in the Los Angeles area in Fall 2013 and continue to fundraise until we have what we need to launch the tour...and eventually a feature film!


The Impact

Hattie McDaniel was the first black actor to win an Academy Award, but Hattie McDaniel paid a price to cross Hollywood's color line. Schooled in minstrelsy in the years leading up to the Depression, during which time she developed the stock character of a sassy black housemaid who refused to kowtow to her white employers, McDaniel arrived in Hollywood after the 1929 stock market crash and was soon earning more money playing servants than most stockbrokers were seeing from their investments. 

She always lived by her credo: 

“I'd rather play a maid than be one.”

Billed low in the credits, McDaniel more than measured up to the likes of Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Jean Harlow and Barbara Stanwyck, often stealing one or two scenes in such films as John Ford's “Judge Priest” (1934), Tay Garnett's “China Seas” (1935), and George Stevens’ “Alice Adams” (1935) from their A-list players.

Gable recommended McDaniel to producer David O. Selznick for the role of Scarlett O'Hara's nursemaid Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” (1939); Selznick was so impressed with the actress that he had the screenplay rewritten to accommodate her. Though segregation precluded McDaniel from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, vindication came with an Oscar win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

The Team

Vickilyn Reynolds (Star, Writer, Producer)
Vickilyn Reynolds has starred and co-starred in many feature films, television and commercials. Theatre became a passion for Vickilyn after being featured off Broadway in George C. Wolfe’s Colored Museum, in which she portrayed five characters. Ms. Reynolds was featured as “da Singer” in Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk and has traveled the world as a solo vocalist for dignitaries and royalty upon their request. She has also studied with Marlon Brando for an intensive documentary Lying for a Living. Ms. Reynolds has garnered nominations from the NAACP, Drama Desk Awards, a recipient of the Chicago’s 1998 Best Performance, Black Theatre Alliances Award, 1998 Best Performance theatre LA Ovation Award and 2005 Telly Award for Acting and Associate Producer, and the 2007 Denver’s Ovation Award Nomination and 2008 won the Audelco Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical/Female for Hattie…What I Need You To Know!


348 Management

 "Where Dreams Become a Reality" 348 Management LLC manages talent and entertainment ventures to create opportunities for elevated artistic expression. www.348management.com


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