NYC THEATER | Their Eyes Were Watching God


The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA

Fri, May 12 at 8pm and Sat, May 13 at 2pm and 8pm

Their Eyes Were Watching God Special VIP Launch Event with Post-Show Reception.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; original music by Bill Sims, Jr.; and adapted by award-winning writer Arthur Yorinks

Join us for the first theatrical presentation in the newly-renovated Billie Holiday Theatre with the 80th Anniversary reading of Their Eyes Were Watching God helmed by the Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson who recently directed the critically acclaimed August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway. Their Eyes is the epic tale of Janie Crawford, whose search for self takes her on a journey that stretches across decades.

Told with haunting sympathy and piercing immediacy, audiences are taken on a journey through life and love. Read by an acclaimed cast of actors with original compositions performed live by Bill Sims, Jr., this seminal novel in the American literary canon prompted Alice Walker to say, “There is no book more important to me than this one.” Their Eyes Were Watching God Cast: Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams ( Roots, Hallelujah, Baby! on Broadway), Roslyn Ruff ( Romeo and Juliet , Fences on Broadway) , Brandon Dirden ( All the Way, Jitney on Broadway), Harvy Blanks ( Jitney on Broadway) , Ray Anthony Thomas ( Jitney on Broadway), Ebony JoAnn ( Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Gem of the Ocean on Broadway), Elain R. Graham ( While I Yet Live, Primary Stages), Mandi Masden ( Jitney on Broadway) and more.

Their Eyes Were Watching God Tickets

Fri, May 12 at 8pm

$65 ticket includes VIP seating for reading and access to post-show celebrity reception at the Skylight Gallery | Catered by Brooklyn’s own Joloff Restaurant.

$40 ticket includes general seating to reading

Sat, May 13 at 2pm and 8pm

$40 ticket includes general seating | $30 student and senior citizens


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