Literature to Life

Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston



Elementary students will learn the art of storytelling from celebrated author and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. In this interactive theatre performance, Zora brings to life folktales she collected in her travels and asks students to add to her story collection, by creating tales of their own.

In the 1930's, Zora Neale Hurston returns to her "native village" of Eatonville, Florida to record the oral histories, sermons and songs, dating back to the time of slavery. In her quest, she finds herself and her history throughout these highly metaphorical folk-tales, "big old lies," and in the lyrical language of song. Through her folktales Zora Neale Hurston helps to reveal a beautiful and important part of American culture.

This Literature to Life interactive stage presentation is specifically geared toward elementary age audiences. The Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston follows several of the folktales featured in her various compilations and allows the students to choose what happens next in the action.

Suggested Ages: 7 to 10.

Educational Purposes Only.



Lois Lowry

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Adaptation and Direction:
Elise Thoron

Black Boy



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