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hour fartherPRUDENCE

April 8, 2017

Produced by Lisa Giordano
Written by Stefan Lanfer
Directed by Theresa Broach

n the1830s, two-dozen black girls traveled to rural Connecticut seeking an education. They met insults, violence, and threats of whippings. Their white teacher, Prudence Crandall, was jailed, and the ensuing trials nearly forced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether nonwhites were citizens. Prudence traces this story through the eyes of Julia Williams, a young black woman, who visits the Prudence Crandall Museum. Initially, Julia is angered by what she sees as yet another "white savior" story, but as she, a friend, and her mother assume the roles of their 1830s counterparts, they find their place in this still unresolved narrative – then and now.

hour fartherThe Sixth Annual Celebration of the LIFE AND WRITINGS OF ZORA NEALE HURSTON

March 4, 2017

Produced by Lisa Giordano

Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the most important and influential modern American writers who wrote groundbreaking works about the culture and folk traditions of southern African Americans. Along with Langston Hughes, she was a central and celebrated figure during the Harlem Renaissance, and is best known for her 1937 masterpiece novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not only was Ms. Hurston a successful novelist, essayist, journalist and playwright, but a talented anthropologist as well. Acclaimed authors of our time, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker acknowledge Ms Hurston as their "literary foremother." Please join the Emerson Theater Collaborative in a reading of Ms. Hurston's selected works

Image used with permission from the Photographic Memory Collection