The 2015 DC Black Theatre Festival opens with the One Pearl and a Sphinx production of Letters From Zora: In Her Own Words, a one-woman show delving into noted author Zora Neale Hurston’s controversial views on segregation, integration and social justice. Written by USC professor Gabrielle Denise Pina with an original score by Ron McCurdy, this daring piece showcases a life filled with artistic triumphs as well as abject poverty and self-doubt. Directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks, Hurston’s personal letters create an authentic multi-sensory dramatization brought to life by veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway in a production that will illuminate Hurston’s words, life and distinct view of the jazz-age era.
“Letters from Zora is an untold story about unbridled creativity who succeeded in a very difficult time in history. ”
“Vanessa’s gripping, humourous and insightful performance – that’s a winning combination!”