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LANGSTON HUGHES AND ZORA NEALE HURSTON
Mule Bone
Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY

Lost for nearly 60 years, Mule Bone, a three-act folk comedy set in a small Florida Panhandle community, captures the humor, intelligence, and immense pride of black townships in the Deep South at the turn of this century. The Lincoln Center Theater production featured incidental music by blues great Taj Mahal. Based on Hurston's short story "The Bone of Contention," the play was written in 1930 but never performed because of disagreements between the two authors. Several of Hughes' poems were set to music by Taj Mahal for this production.

The leading light of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes published more than 40 books of poetry, essays, plays, and fiction including I Wonder As I Wander, Shakespeare in Harlem, The Weary Blues, The Dream Keeper, The Big Sea, and Not Without Laughter.

Known primarily as a folklorist and novelist, Zora Neale Hurston's published works included Mules And Men, a collection of stories of black life in the rural South, and her seminal novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Director: Michael Schultz
Set Designer: Edward Burbridge
Lighting Designer: Allen Lee Hughes
Costume Designer: Lewis Brown
Sound Designer: Serge Ossorguine
Composer: Taj Mahal
Choreographer: Dianne McIntyre
Leading Performers: Vanessa Williams, Eric Ware, Kenny Neal, Ebony Jo-Ann,
Samuel E. Wright
Running Dates: January 20-April 19, 1991


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