Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Zora Returns to Harlem
Performance: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:30-9:00PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Join us for a one-woman show about the life of acclaimed novelist Zora Neale Hurston, performed by Antoniá Badón. This one-woman play captures the story of the Harlem Renaissance through the life of Hurston, often labeled as one of the most gifted and prolific writers of the early twentieth century. Novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, Hurston has been celebrated as a genius of the South. From a small town in Florida to Howard University and on to New York, her life embodies the zeal, determination, and brilliance of the black Americans who succeeded in creating a vibrant literary movement energized by racial struggles and multiple cultural identities.

Adapted and enacted by NAACP award winner Antoniá Badón, the play has received "flawless," "sparkling," "soul-tingling" reviews and Penn is delighted to present it for this one-night only performance in conjunction with the Penn Libraries current exhibit, OK, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness. The exhibition will be open for extended hours, with a tour led by curator and collector Caroline Schimmel, prior to the performance.

Tickets are required for admittance. Purchase Tickets Here

Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston, 1938. Library of Congress Collection

Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston, 1938. Library of Congress Collection
Kamin and Goldstein Family Galleries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first and sixth floors
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, Wednesdays, 9am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)