‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ Will Be Coming To Life Once Again At NYC’s Wow Theatre
BY: NATURALLY TRIECE
Zora Neale Hurston’s creative story of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God,’ is a staple of the African American culture, as well as a popular part of our literature. The story of Janie Crawford, is about someone who grew from a teenager bending to the whims around her, to a strong and confident woman. Hurston’s novel was written in 1937 and has gone from being reviled during its initial release, to being buried for many decades after that. The book is now one of the most essential works of the 20th century that represent American literature.
And now, at the Wow Café Theatre, Zora’s undeniable spirit of words will have the opportunity to live once again. Marishka S. Phillips, the director of the upcoming play, will present ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ at New York City’s oldest collectively running theatre. The reason why this is such a huge deal is because the novel has not been brought to life in New York in the past several decades.
The talented cast of actors and actresses consists of: Jennifer Russie Burks, De’Marcus Woods, Sawandi Wilson, Kimberlee Monroe, Kellee Fuller and Lauren Marissa Smith giving an emotionally raw performance as Janie.
Phillips will be capturing Janie’s passive youth, as well as the pain that the teen feels as she is put to shame by her grandmother, Nanny, and forced into a marriage where love doesn’t exist with Logan Killicks (which will be played by Michael Oloyede.) This just happens to be the first of many incidents in her life that have been able to suppress Janie’s spirit for the sake of pleasing those who believe that they know what’s best for her.
Phillips also manages to navigate the audience through Janie’s vulnerability and grace, the joys of new love, as well as the pain that she has endured throughout her life.
So, what are your thoughts on this one? I have a feeling that it will be phenomenal!