Zora Neale Hurston adaptation replaces Toni Morrison-based work at Center Stage

The final piece in Center Stage's 2011-2012 season has been put in place.

Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah chose Bonnie Lee Moss Rattner's "Gleam," an adaptation done in the 1980s of the 1937 Zora Neale Hurston novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," to replace the previously postponed production of another adaptation.

Marion McClinton’s version of Toni Morrison’s "Jazz," originally slated for a Center Stage run Jan. 4 to Feb. 5, was deemed ...

in need of "further script development."

McClinton will direct "Gleam," which tells a Florida-set saga of an African American woman, Janie Crafword, and her emotional roller coaster of a life, with multiple marriages, multiple challenges and a proudly independent streak.

The novel by Hurston, a leading member of the Harlem Renaissance, has inspired other treatments over the years, including a TV movie starring Halle Berry in 2005.

Rattner's play, originally titled "To Gleam It Around, To Show My Shine," premiered at Wayne State University in 1983 and subsequently received several productions. It also received an award from the Kennedy Center's Arts Fund for New American Plays in 1987.


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