Lyrical "Polk County" Dramatizes 1930s Black Rural South In Zora Neale Hurston Tribute to Love, Life and the Blues
Classic comedy? Blues musical? Romance? Folklore? Autobiography? Anthropology? Polk County by Zora Neale Hurston and Dorothy Waring, recently discovered in the Library of Congress and playing now in a rousing production at McCarter's Matthews Theatre, defies labels.
With the addition of some very aggressive research scholars to its roster, the Institute for Advanced Study has served notice that it is turning away from a cordial intellectual "think tank" to being a major contender among research centers. So it is only natural that its music series, led by Institute Artist-in-Residence John Magnussen, would be looking toward new and innovative forms of musical presentation.