Atlanta, GA - Theatre enthusiasts and fans of African-American history and literature have reason to rejoice as Zora! Let The People Sing!, a new stage play about the life of iconic writer Zora Neale Hurston, debuts this summer. Written and directed by Nykieria Chaney, the play promises to take audiences on a mesmerizing journey of discovery and inspiration as they witness the life and times of one of America's most celebrated writers.
The play is set in Eatonville, Florida, where Zora's mother raised her to be a strong and independent woman, in contrast to her father's strict expectations. Her journey takes her to Howard University, where she quickly gains recognition and awards for her colorful stories of tall tales from home. Her talent and creativity continue to flourish in New York City, where she becomes a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Through poetry, songs, and folktales, Zora! Let The People Sing! celebrates her indomitable spirit and enduring legacy as an intellectual and spiritual foremother to generations of African-American women and writers around the world.
"Don't miss this mesmerizing portrayal of a woman who refused to be silenced and who let her voice ring out loud and clear for all to hear," said playwright/director Nykieria Chaney. "Zora Neale Hurston was a pioneer, a trailblazer, and an inspiration to all who knew her. I'm honored to be able to tell her story and bring it to life on stage."
Zora! Let The People Sing! will be performed at three different venues this summer. The first performance will take place at Theatre Albany on June 18th at 4:00 pm, followed by a performance at VHS Performing Arts Center on June 25th at 4:00 pm. The final performance will be at the Historic Ritz Theatre on July 30th at 4:00 pm.
About Nykieria Chaney
Nykieria Chaney is a playwright, director, and Getty Images Editorial Photographer. Her work focuses on the history and experiences of the black community, showcasing influential figures and contemporary issues. As an artist, Chaney is committed to being an ally and advocate, using her art to bridge divides and create a more inclusive world.
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