An Evening with Arna Bontemps will celebrate the life and literary works of Louisiana native, and Harlem Renaissance author, Arna Bontemps.
Join them to see three kid-friendly, stage plays:
Meet Arna Bontemps- This biographical sketch depicts the life of Arna Bontemps- Louisiana son and pioneer of
contemporary juvenile literature. This presentation will summarize Mr. Bontemps' childhood in Alexandria, Louisiana and his personal journey to Harlem, New York. This performance was originally featured as a guided tour at the Arna Bontemps African American Museum in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Popo and Fifina - This stage play brings the children's book, Popo and Fifina: Children of Haiti (1932), to life. This lighthearted story is the shared writing project of Harlem Renaissance authors, Arna Bontemps and his best friend, Langston Hughes. It is the authors' most successful juvenile literary work, having been translated into several languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In this delightful story, two happy siblings from Haiti, Popo and Fifina, experience an exciting kite battle, a dance celebration, and an encounter with a feisty goat in a tropical storm.
Lonesome Boy- This stage play features Arna Bontemps' children's tale, Lonesome Boy (1955). In this story, Mr. Bontemps features his home state of Louisiana. This fable is about a young jazz musician named Bubber and his passion for playing the trumpet. Bubber's grandpa warns him to “mind where you blow that horn boy,” but he leaves his country home in Marksville, LA to play jazz in the New Orleans French Quarter. One frightful night, Bubber finds himself playing his trumpet at a haunted Mardi Gras Ball.
Free for members of either the AMoA or the Arna Bontemps African-American Museum. Regular Admission charges for non-members.
Danielle J. Kimbrough is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a resident of Bossier City, LA. She obtained a Master of Arts degree, with a concentration in Liberal Arts, English and Literature, from LSU Shreveport. Her graduate thesis entitled, Arna W. Bontemps: Louisiana Luminary (2014), conveys why this esteemed member of the Harlem Renaissance and pioneer of contemporary juvenile literature should be acclaimed and acknowledged in his home state of Louisiana. Her extensive research on the life and literary works of Arna Bontemps inspired her to write and produce a biographical sketch entitled Meet Arna Bontemps, and two creative arts adaptations of the author's children's stories, Popo and Fifina and Lonesome Boy. Mrs. Kimbrough and her incredibly talented cast of performing artists from the Shreveport/Bossier area invite you to join them as they celebrate the life and literary works of Louisiana native, and Harlem Renaissance author, Arna Bontemps. Come and see them as they perform all three, short, kid-friendly stage plays in An Evening with Arna Bontemps.