Award-winning poet and actor Carl Hancock Rux revisits Zora Neale Hurston’s celebrated novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" from the point of view of Janie’s love interest, Tea Cake, with an original performance art piece commissioned by The Greene Space. This work will explore Hurston’s narrative through a male lens. Following the performance, we will hold a conversation with a panel of men who are leaders in a variety of fields to discuss their experiences of the novel. Panelists include Patrik Henry Bass of Essence magazine; Arthur Yorinks, who adapted the book for The Greene Space’s radio drama; Carl Hancock Rux; and Brandon Dirden, who played Tea Cake in the radio drama. Moderator, Patrick Riley.
Please note that Vernon Reid will be joining Carl for Carl’s original performance art piece entitled “Windows”, accompanying the work on guitar. Reid is an English-born American guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader, best known as the founder and primary songwriter of hard rock group Living Colour.
Their Eyes Were Watching God used with permission from the Zora Neale Hurston Trust and Victoria Sanders and Associates, LLC.
This event is part of New York Public Radio's participation in The Big Read, a national initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
If you are interested in this event, check out some of our past Zora Neale Hurston coverage HERE.