Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Zinnias": new Robert Wilson opera on Black artist Clementine Hunter

World Premiere at Montclair State University
A Peak Production

January 26 and February 2 • 8pm
January 27 and February 3 • 3pm
January 31 and February 1 • 7:30pm

Concept, Direction, Set and Light Design by Robert Wilson
Libretto and Music Composition by
Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon
Book by Jacqueline Woodson
A new opera based on the life of renowned African-American artist Clementine Hunter, Zinnias is an intimate exploration of one of America’s greatest natural talents. Born on a plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Hunter's experiences revealed an innate talent for depicting life in the early 20th century through her paintings. Now, using her artwork and stories, Clementine Hunter’s touching and unique journey is brought to the stage through the collaboration of Robert Wilson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon and Jacqueline Woodson. The title of the piece refers to the vibrantly colored flower of the same name which was one of Hunter's favorite subjects to paint throughout her career.
For detailed information on this production--including ticketing and roundtrip bus reservations for guests coming from Manhattan--click here.

Alexander Kasser Theater
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

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