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“To Buy the Sun”: The Challenge of Pauli Murray

Mark Your Calendar! To Buy the Sun, an original play focused on the life and legacy of Pauli Murray, will play from December 1- 4, 2016.

Tickets now available for purchase here

To Buy the Sun opens on the evening of February 12, 1977, the night before Pauli Murray’s historic appearance at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. CBS’ Charles Kuralt and crew have been following Murray all day as part of their On the Road broadcast. Now, for the first time in decades, Pauli returns to the old family home place to reflect on the life and times of America and her place in its history, while she crafts the words she will speak tomorrow to the two million viewers. As Pauli Murray revisits old haunts and old friends, from Harlem to Harvard and Eleanor Roosevelt to Betty Friedan, the purpose of her life takes on a new and unexpected shape.

Using archival images, three chairs, and a typewriter, the performers bring to life 60 characters, 6 decades, and 2 continents in this acting tour de force. By the close of To Buy the Sun, you will want to stand and cheer for this mixed-race, gender non-conforming attorney, poet, activist, professor, and priest and the challenge she offers us all.

The play is written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathy Hunter-Williams from Hidden Voices. Originally mounted in 2011, the play was commissioned by the Pauli Murray Project.

Sponsored by the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, the Pauli Murray Project at Duke Human Rights Center/FHI, Hidden Voices, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University, and the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project.


December 1, 2016 @ 6:30 am
December 4, 2016 @ 4:00 pm


Lyon Park Community, Family Life and Recreation Center
1313 Halley Street
Durham, NC