Sweat and The Gilded Six Bits

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Sweat and The Gilded Six Bits

Zora Neale Hurston

Writer/anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston is best known for the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, and her long unpublished first novel Barracoon was just put out last month, but her early short stories are also worth reading. “Sweat” (1926) and “The Gilded Six Bits” (1933) are both about married couples in Florida, but that’s about where the similarities end. In Sweat, a washerwoman is trapped in an abusive relationship with an adulterous monster who’s thinking about killing her. The Gilded Six Bits looks at a happy pair of newlyweds in the all-black town of Eatonville, who are thrown into turmoil when a friendly outsider enters their home. Presented back to back, the two stories have been adapted into one-acts by Mixed Magic Theater founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. No one’s reviewed it, I can’t find any production photos, and this is the final weekend, so this one’s a real crapshoot.

May 18 2018


Date: May 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $20
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Mixed Magic Theatre

560 Mineral Spring Avenue
Pawtucket, RI United States

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