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*Performance Postponed* Edna Lewis

By Hilton Als

Edna Lewis has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Ticketholders, please contact our box office before February 6, 2020, to request one of the following options regarding returns, refunds, or exchanges.


Our box office staff will be glad to assist you in either:

  • Exchanging  the value of tickets purchased for another upcoming performance in the 19/20 season (explore the rest of the season)
  • Crediting the value of tickets purchased toward a gift certificate, which you can use for any future performance, including the rescheduled performance of Edna Lewis (gift certificates valid up to one year of issue date)
  • Returning  your tickets for a full refund
  • Donating the value of your tickets (tax-deductible) to fund student tickets 

Please contact us before February 6, 2020 to discuss options for refunds and exchanges. Visit or call the Memorial Hall box office (919-843-3333) Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and our staff will assist you. 

Please note that we cannot automatically refund ticketholders, as University rules preclude us from storing credit card information. 


The impact of the late Southern chef Edna Lewis on American cuisine—and generations of people—cannot be overstated. Inspired by Hilton Als’ childhood recollections of admiring Lewis from afar during her years in New York City, Edna Lewis is a meditative love letter to her by a celebrated writer.

Featuring the sensational Helga Davis (CPA artist-in-residence, who starred in Als’ Lives of the Performers at CURRENT in fall 2018) as “Edna” ruminating on her storied life and acclaimed performer Justin Hicks as a young Hilton, this intimate work-in-progress is set against pivotal moments in American history.

Written by Hilton Als
Directed by Tea Alagic
Featuring Helga Davis and Justin Hicks

Photograph © by John T. Hill: Edna, Duane Park, New York, New York, 1983. Image courtesy of Ann Stewart Fine Art.