A common theme throughout Hurston’s works were married couples. However, I learned that Hurston herself was only married once. At the performance there was a brief mention to her time at Howard University, and that she studied Anthropology. She discussed a few of her various relationships, including one to a man twenty years her senior. She also talked about her parents. Her father was the inspiration for her novel “Jonah’s Gourd Vine.” She keyed us into the meaning behind the Gourd Vine metaphor. The Gourd Vine is a vine that holds a fruit on it, and in the novel the fruit progressively becomes rotten, and this is a metaphor for the husbands questionable life style.
The show itself was beautifully handled by the Black Student Union. The performer made good use of the few select props that appeared on stage. All of the stories were told in the style they were meant to be conveyed. The performer was a spoken word artist from Chicago; she understands that the delivery of a phrase, or even a single word, could make a world of difference on the meaning of the story.
Over all I found myself wholly engaged, and hanging on every word. The stories were preformed brilliantly and I learned so much within that hour that I am going to add Zora Neale Hurston to my reading list.