Five hundred years have passed since Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida, the state has attracted many a wayward adventurer looking for his or her own piece of paradise. To celebrate the anniversary, the theatrical series Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians brings some of these important historical figures to life — in performances held throughout the year. Each icon portrayed possesses a different level of intimacy and personal stake with Florida, but all left a lasting impression on its culture. Having performed so far throughout the state are regional heavyweights Bob Devin Jones as Francisco Menendez, Ersula Knox Odom as Mary McLeod Bethune and Chaz Mena as Osceola. Dreamers and Schemers' next hour-long installment commemorates the contributions made by Pedro Menéndez (Mena), the Spanish admiral remembered most for founding St. Augustine in 1565; Zora Neale Hurston (Phyllis McEwen), an American folklorist famous for her early 20th century Florida-centric literature, and Jacob Summerlin (Brian Shea), aka the King of the Crackers, reputed as the first Florida-born child after Spanish cessation. The show concludes with a discussion on the program’s themes.