Zora Neale Hurston Lives Again At OB's American Place, Opening Oct. 29

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Laurence Holder's 1990 Off-Broadway hit, Zora Neale Hurston, returns to the American Place Theatre, where it began, opening Oct. 29 following previews Oct. 21-28. The two-actor bio runs through Dec. 13.
Elizabeth Van Dyke as Zora Neale Hurston.
Elizabeth Van Dyke as Zora Neale Hurston. Photo by Photo by Martha Holmes

Laurence Holder's 1990 Off-Broadway hit, Zora Neale Hurston, returns to the American Place Theatre, where it began, opening Oct. 29 following previews Oct. 21-28. The two-actor bio runs through Dec. 13. Original director Wynn Handman returns to Zora with original star Elizabeth Van Dyke as Hurston. Van Dyke has toured the show around the world since 1990.

Joseph Edward also stars, playing various men Hurston's life. Zora Neale Hurston takes place in 1949, as the Harlem Renaissance novelist and folklorist begins her decline, recounting the history of one of the most prolific African-American writers of the 1920s and '30s.

Her most famous work is the novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Interest in the nearly-forgotten Hurston was renewed beginning in the 1970s when Alice Walker sought out Hurston's obscure grave site and wrote a famous appreciation for the author.

The original production featured Van Dyke and Tim Johnson with direction by Handman. It garnered three Audelco Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre: one for the production, one for Van Dyke, and one for Handman.

Tickets are $17.50 in previews and $35 during the run. The American Place Theatre Mainstage is located at 111 West 46th Street in New York City. Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.

-- By Kenneth Jones
and Christine Ehren

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