Date(s) of Performance

1/26/13 - 2/3/13

Directed by

Robert Wilson

Created by

Concept, Direction, Set and Light Design: Robert Wilson; Music Direction and Orchestration: Toshi Reagan; Libretto and Music Composition: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagan; Book: Jacqueline Woodson


Cast: Carla Duren, Charles E. Wallace, Josette Newsam-Marchak, Cornelius Bethea, Francesca Harper, Jennifer Nikki Kidwell, Karma Mayet Johnson, Darynn Zimmer, RObert Osborne, Nat Chandler, Sheryl Sutton; Musicians: Juliette Jones, Fred Cash Jr., Jason Walker, Adam Widoff, Robert Burke


A new chamber 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.


Theatre and Performance Studies



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Additional Information

Zinnias : The Life of Clementine Hunter