Zora Returns to Harlem
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.