Zora! Let The People Sing
Writer/Director | Nykieria Chaney
Southwest Arts Center | 915 New Hope Road Atlanta, GA 30331 | (404) 613-3220
Thursday April 20, 2017 | 7:00PM
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Zora! Let The People Sing! is a bioplay of the life and times of Zora Neale Hurston. The play begins in her hometown of Eatonville, FL during the early 1900s. There Zora relives the determination of her mother’s refusal to raise her as a mealy-mouthed rag doll while dodging the strict hand of her Ministerial father.
Using her fierce intellect Zora gains admission to Howard University where she meets Alain Locke, architect of the Harlem Renaissance. It isn’t long before her colorful stories of tall tales from home garner recognition and awards amongst the literary elite. Soon she is knee deep and belly full within the concrete jungle on a journey to literary fame.
With friends such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Wallace Thurman, Zora instills her place as a fixture of the period. Her controversial opinions both angered and inspired those within her presence but the slick of her tongue kept them coming back for more. With poetry, songs, folktales, and a good old time, Zora! Let The People Sing! gives you a front seat view to a woman that’s now lauded as an intellectual and spiritual foremother to a generation of African American women and writers.
About the Playwright
Nykieria Chaney is encrypting her mark on the world through her many dynamic talents. Nyki,” as she is affectionately called by friends and family, powerfully delivers works that do not simply scratch the surface of any controversial issue but offer a verbal stronghold on taboo and unaddressed subjects.
In 2010 Nykieria created Cre8ive Nsights Inc., a Literary and Performance Arts Company aimed at assisting to eradicate a disease that claims the lives of over 18,000 people each year. Utilizing literature, performance, dance, and other expressive arts, Cre8ive Nsights develops programs using literature and performance arts to educate communities on the realities of HIV and AIDS.
Through these many avenues of creative expression Nykieria has proved herself as an indubitable wordsmith and acquired a loyal fan base that is widely divergent and composed of people all nationalities, sexes, and orientations.