Review: Vanessa Bell Calloway Channels Zora Neale Hurston in ‘Letters from Zora’ at WACO

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Vanessa Bell Calloway as Zora Neale Hurston, photo credit: Derek Blanks

*Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. She was a thinker who used the power of words to tell stories that passionately reflected her observations of the African American experience. A scholar with an irrefutable sense of humanity, Hurston attended several colleges and universities including Morgan State University (1917-1918) Howard (1918-1920) Barnard (1925-1928) and Columbia (1928-1930). She didn’t stop there, she was also an anthropologist, and civil rights advocate. Her multi-disciplined style of storytelling ventured into folklore, short-stories, plays and novels.

Visionary artists dream that their work will live on long after they are gone, and if this was Hurston’s dream, she is surely smiling right now. Her work continues to live and has inspired some of today’s most respected writers, including Alice Walker and Toni Morrison; an annual festival in Eatonville, FL, where she and her family spent many years, a film loosely based on her 1937 novel: Their Eyes Were Watching God, and now, thanks to writer Gabrielle Denise Pina, a stage play: Letters From Zora

Fortunately for us, Pina has revealed letters written by Hurston to various friends, lovers, and colleagues that document her thoughts on a myriad of social, political and civil rights issues; as well as feelings on love and loss, and everything in between.

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