November 5th, 2009


Free theater performance at Alvar Library: Saturday!

Trickster at the Gate, a play by Jonathan Patrick Bray
Saturday, Nov. 7, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alvar Public Library, 913 Alvar Street (Bywater)

Jennifer has come home to identify the body of Nell, a woman who believed she was the incarnation of Yoruba God, Esu Elegba. Will Jennifer's ghosts haunt her upon identifying the body, or will she find some peace with Nell, herself, and the mortician? As it tracks Nell's life the play takes us from the Harlem Renaissance, to the mystical realms of the Yoruban gods, to present day Louisiana.

Written under The Big Read Acadiana Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Trickster at the Gate finds its inspiration in the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston, gaining approval of Hurston's biographer and niece, Lucy Anne Hurston. The play runs about 75 minutes.

The Big Read

The theatrical performance at Alvar Library is part of The Big Read New Orleans. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the New Orleans Public Library have formed a partnership to conduct The Big Read. The selected book is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. During the fall of 2009, the two cultural institutions will host or organize numerous events that focus on this classic Southern novel.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. It is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.