"See those zinnias in the picture? They my favorite 'cause they looking straight at you!" ~ Clementine Hunter
Zinnias - The Life of Clementine Hunter
World Premiere - A Peak Production
January 26 and February 2 • 8:00 p.m.
January 27 and February 3 • 3:00 p.m.
January 31 and February 1 • 7:30 p.m.
Alexander Kasser Theater - Every seat: $15*
Concept, Direction, Set and Light Design by Robert Wilson
Libretto and Music Composition by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon
Book by Jacqueline Woodson
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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.