Zora neale hurston, folktale, storytelling, halimuhfack
In its simplest form, storytelling is the passing of information from one person to the next. When storytelling illuminates time, place and purpose, it is then able to entertain, comfort and transport any listener. As the keeper of the imagination, the storyteller has inspired me as a performer. After reading Zora Neale Hurston‘s Every Tongue Got to Confess, I found my single-defining connection to the art of storytelling. Halimuhfack ultimately became my thesis performance piece inspired by the folk tales from Every Tongue Got To Confess. The new theatre piece shares Hurston‘s folk tale the way it may have once been told; in its natural dialect, with the same active physical involvement as if sharing stories with friends. Together, the research of the folk tale, Hurston‘s anthropological studies, folk songs and narrative from her autobiography aided in the development of the performance piece. In developing this work, I discovered that Hurston‘s tales were extremely action-oriented and were ideally suited to use in my making of Halimuhfack.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Theatre; Musical Theatre
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic, Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
Alexander, Kerri J., "Vivacity: Discovering Zora Through Her Words" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 2092.