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A Classic Theatre Celebrates Rawlings' Anniversary with Encore of A Tea with Zora and Marjorie


June 1, 2017 | View PDF

Playwright Dr. Barbara Speisman looking over script with actors Nancy Grote (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings) and Rhodie Jackson (Zora Neale Hurston)

A Classic Theatre announces the return of A Tea with Zora and Marjorie by Tallahasee playwright Dr. Barbara Speisman as part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Rawlings' autobiographical account of her life in rural Florida, Cross Creek, and her collection of regional recipes in Cross Creek Cookery. Rawlings wrote Cross Creek Cookery the same year (1942) because so many Cross Creek readers wanted to recreate the food she described so vividly. Sponsored by The Friends of the Farm (Cross Creek), the production has been invited to perform at the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville, FL on July 21 at 7:00pm.

As a special treat for St. Augustine audiences, A Tea with Zora and Marjorie has been scheduled for two performances ONLY at the historic Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. St. Augustine performances are scheduled at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 15 and 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 16. There will be a "talk back" with the play's author after the Sunday performance.

A Tea with Zora and Marjorie imagines the conversation between two of Florida's best loved writers' first meeting at St. Augustine's Castle Warden Hotel, run by Rawlings' husband Norton Baskin, and later at Cross Creek as they share their musings on life and a little "whiskey" with their tea. Marjorie invites Zora to come for a visit to her farm at Cross Creek and is impressed by Zora's "ingratiating personality, brilliant mind and fundamental wisdom." The original cast features two talented, veteran actors: Rhodie Jackson of Jacksonville, who made her ACT debut in the role of Zora Neale Hurston, and St. Augustine's Nancy Grote in the role of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Nancy Grote has portrayed Marjorie in previous ACT productions of My Friend Zelma and CROSS ROADS: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments. Other regional performances include appearance at Limelight and City Repertory in Palm Coast. Rhodie Jackson was recently featured in the original play St. George and the Dragon written by Jason Woods. Rhodie has also performed with the Five & Dime Theatre in Jacksonville and Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine.

A Tea with Zora and Marjorie is directed by ACT President Jean Rahner, and tickets for the St. Augustine performances are $20 for Adults, $10 for Students.

The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center is located at 102 ML King Ave. in St. Augustine, FL. Tickets for the July 15 and 16th performances are available online at Reservations by phone at 904-501-5093.

Reservations may be paid at the door by Check or Cash only.

The Matheson History Museum is located at 513 E. University Ave. in Gainesville, FL and tickets for the July 21 performance at 7pm are available by calling the Matheson Museum at 352-378-2288.


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