A lady of elegant hats and eloquent language, novelist Zora Neale Hurston was largely unrecognized for the significant role she played in the Harlem Renaissance. She never made enough money from her writing while she was alive, and had to work as a manicurist, teacher, librarian and domestic to pay her bills. When she died in 1960 in a welfare home, she was buried in an unmarked grave. Since the late '60s, however, scholars, authors and college students have been rediscovering Hurston's intelligent, humorous and original oeuvre. Driven by an interest in folklore, the Alabama-born Hurston set down in novels and plays real black rural life, and her second book, Of Mules and Men, tells of her experiences during her journeys to the South. The NCCU Department of Theatre is currently putting on Randolph Umberger's stage version (pictured) of Hurston's book, in which "Zora returns home to Florida from Harlem, and the whole town turns out to entertain her." The production runs Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8:15 p.m. and Nov. 5 and 12 at 3:15 p.m. For information, call 560-5170.