A Classic Theatre presents “A Tea With Zora and Marjorie” a play about Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Zora and Marjorie “ saw themselves as renegades and as daring, and they loved adventure,” said playwright Barbara Speisman. “They were two women who were from very different worlds.” They both lived in St. Augustine. And despite the prevailing climate of segregation, they became friends!
Zora Neale Hurston is a New York-educated writer, born in Alabama and raised in the all-black town of Eatonville, Florida. She came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s and was noted for her personality, wit, and writing talent.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is well known to Florida readers as the author of “The Yearling” (1938) and of “Cross Creek” (1942). A woman who came to Florida from the North and fell in love with the flora and fauna of rural Florida…it became her refuge.
Speisman’s play imagines the first meeting of these two headstrong women in 1942, both at the height of their success, at Rawlings’ upstairs apartment at the segregated Castle Warden hotel in St. Augustine, and their ensuing conversation over “tea” – a colloquialism for whiskey!
Directed by Jean Rahner, this is an added Special Performance for the Lincolnville Museum. Tickets are $20 for Show Only and $25 for the Show and Museum Tour ($5 to the Restoration Fund). For more information, please call 904-501-5093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org