Zora on My Mind is a jazz/blues chamber musical that writes the story of Key, a woman Zora would want to see. Key, a fiercely independent and strong-minded Black woman, runs her own businesses - a one-chair beauty shop and an inherited boarding house. When shoe shine salesman Malik rents a room in Key's place, the two of them change up the story. Two female interlocutors, Sophie, and Draft want to author the character's journeys, but the spirit of Zora thrives. The work is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's essays "Characteristics of Negro Expression" and "How it Feels to be Colored Me".
Book by Anita Gonzalez
Music and Lyrics by Diana Lawrence Directed by Kym Moore Dramaturgy by Jordan Ealey Choreography by Alexandria Davis Performed by: Alexandria Davis, Nicole Hill, Diana Lawrence, Da'Von Moody Devised by Shaka Gonzalez Brown, Alexandria Davis, Antonio Disla, Anita Gonzalez, Diana Lawrence, and Fredi Walker-Browne Musical Direction by Glenn Pearson