To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray
Using archival images, three chairs, and a typewriter, three performers bring to life 60 characters, six decades, and two continents in To Buy the Sun, an original play by Lynden Harris exploring the barrier-breaking life of Pauli Murray, an extraordinary mixed-race, gender non-conforming activist, feminist, author, attorney and Episcopal priest.
The play opens the evening before Murray celebrates communion at the church where her enslaved grandmother was baptized 123 years before, an event that will be immortalized by CBS’ On The Road with Charles Kuralt and watched by millions. As she prepares for the next day, she reflects on old haunts and old friends, from Harlem to Harvard and Eleanor Roosevelt to Betty Friedan, and the purpose of her life as it takes on a new and unexpected shape.
Organized by The Pauli Murray Center for History & Social Justice, major sponsors for the spring 2018 tour of To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray are Trinity Church Wall Street, the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/FHI, and Hidden Voices.
Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton Street) in Lower Manhattan
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