Redwood and Wildfire
In Hairston’s speculative novel, Redwood, an African-American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole-Irish man, journey from the haunted swamplands of Georgia to “the City of the Future,” Chicago, circa the 1893 World’s Fair. Gifted performers and hoodoo conjurors, they struggle to call up the wondrous world they imagine, in city streets and front parlors, the stage and the screen. Living in a world stacked against them, Redwood and Aiden’s power and talent cause both torment and joy. Their search for a place to be who they want to be—blues singers, filmmakers, haints, and healers—is an exhilarating adventure. Author Andrea Hairston is Professor of Theater and African-American Studies at Smith College, and artistic director of Chrysalis Theater. For tonight’s event she will be joined by musician Pan Morgan, who will be performing original music inspired by the novel.