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. Zora returned to her roots in Eatonville to collect stories and write about the folklore of the region. Among Hurston’s acclaimed books are “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937) and “Dust Tracks On A Road” (1942).
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! ”I’ve never been more entertained than I was today,” Rawlings said in a letter after this first meeting.
Directed by Jean Rahner, the performances are:
February 18-20, 2016 at 7:30pm
February 21, 2016 at 2:00pm
Tickets are $20.00 and are available on ACT’s website. For more information, please call 904-501-5093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an ADDED SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center, 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine, FL. Tickets for this performance are $20 for Show Only and $25 for the Show and Museum Tour ($5 to the Restoration Fund).