Paine College Drama Department presents " Cold Keener" by Zora Neale Hurston

Posted by ncarter | 11/11/2009 14:27 PM

In conjunction with the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance the Paine College Drama Department will present “Cold Kenner” by Zora Neale Hurston. The plays will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel's Odeum on November 12 and November 13.

About the play:  Cold Keener (1930) is a "revue" with nine skits that are unrelated in their themes, characters, or even their settings, which include Georgia, Harlem, Florida, the Bahamas, and a jook joint. Cold Keener illustrates Hurston's concept of "primitive angularity" in dramatic structure--the parts are linked only by their differences. With this fresh approach, she hoped to challenge the African-American stereotypes derived from minstrel shows and thus contribute to the formation of a "real Negro theater."

Paine College students Erica Deas, Sherrie Miller, Shaun Younger, Carlos Thorton and Caressia Jones direct the plays. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Office of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591 or