|Location||1912 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., (Corner of 116th Street)
New York, NY
|Details||Harlem newest Performing Arts Venue presents the one woman ( 19 character portrayal) play Zora Returns to Harlem...The Literary Mantra will Rejuvenate your Spirit, Inspire Your Biggest Dreams & 'EDUTAIN' the masses.
New York, NY - Zora in Harlem ignites the spirit of Zora’s adventurous energy in Harlem while preparing students, theater enthusiasts, Zora followers and world travelers to trace the roots to the famous era. The one woman play captures the story of birth of the roaring 1920’s Harlem Renaissance and the life & times of Zora Neale Hurston. The play takes you on a journey of a small town southern girl who longed to go to school and embraced her financial disparities by enrolling in high school with one change of underwear, one dress, and one pair of shoes. In January 1925, with $1.50 in her purse and a dream, Zora moved to Harlem and became the first black woman to study at Barnard College and Columbia University and ultimately became one of the world’s greatest literary geniuses.
NAACP winner, New Orleans-actress’ Antoniá Badón-unique one-woman biography, transcends time and place in 19 character portrayals, 15 wardrobe changes, 15 authentic voices and 15 music transitions in 1 hour and 20 minutes for a moment in time allowing the audience to witness a sneak preview of the extraordinary dramatic transformation and portrayal of the famous Hurston in, Zora Returns to Harlem.
Starring NAACP Award Winner Antonia Badón
Written by multi AUDELCO Award Winner Laurence Holder, Directed by Greg Freelon
First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC), where Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr. is the Senior Pastor, is known for being engaged in relevant, transformative ministry. One form of engagement is through helping to bridge the gap between the Harlem community and the arts. As part of this initiative The Sanctuary was launched in 2011 in the historic Regent Theatre where FCBC is housed. It is Harlem’s newest Performing Arts venue. The Sanctuary’s mission is to make the arts easily accessible to a community that otherwise might not be afforded the opportunity.
Often labeled as one of the most gifted and prolific artists of the New Negro Movement, later to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston emerged from a small town in Eatonville, Florida. Through the many stages of her life, not bounded by limitations, the scenes in this 19-character journey of her life in Zora, takes place amidst a backdrop that symbolizes the dynamics in which legends are made.
This play retells the story of a most interesting black woman and refreshes through the authors memories one of the most enlightening eras of our time. The scene opens with a young woman resembling a child who hasn’t quite overcome adolescence, but who develops a keen interest to attain an education in lieu of the racial disparities that plagued African Americans. All of the factors contributing to the fourteen year old character of Zora allude to her having a tumultuous childhood and relying on those instances to design her future. Zora is an encouraging play that allows its audience to go on a journey that has forever shaped history.
COME LIBERATE YOUR MIND with HISTORY
For Tickets contact: www.fcbcsermons.com/zora or call: 212.864.5976.
|Venue||First Corinthian Baptist Church|