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SPUNK

Jul 429

Bluesy, poetic tales from an icon of the Harlem Renaissance.

Our 2012 season continues with a wild, bluesy wail—three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted into a staggeringly theatrical play by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS: Spunk contains mature subject matter. Click on the INFORMATION FOR PARENTS tab below for more details.

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission


Originally Developed at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, California
Originally Produced at Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Original New York Production by New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer


Pictured: L. Peter Callender and Margo Hall; photo by Kevin Berne.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Patricia McGregor  -  Director
Michael Locher  -  Set Designer
Callie Floor  -  Costume Designer
York Kennedy  - Lighting Designer
Will McCandless - Sound Designer
Paloma McGregor  - Choreographer
Lynne Soffer*  - Dialect/Text Coach
Bryan Dyer - Vocal Coach
Dave Maier  - Fight Consultant
Laxmi Kumaran*  - Stage Manager
Corrie Bennett*  - Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca Frank  - Assistant Director
Krista Smith  - Assistant Lighting Designer
Cordelia Miller  - Production Assistant

CAST

Aldo Billingslea* - Sweet Back, Joe          
L. Peter Callender* - Sykes, Slang Talk Man        
Margo Hall* -  Delia        
Omoze Idehenre* -  Missie May
Anthony Peterson, A.K.A. Tru - Guitar Man     
Tyee Tilghman*  - Jelly, Slemmons          
Dawn L. Troupe* - Blues Speak Woman    

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Simpson Strong-Tie
Jay Yamada  

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.          

PHOTOS


Production Photos:

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The cast of SPUNK; directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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L. Peter Callender as Sykes and Margo Hall as Delia in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Dawn L. Troupe as Blues Speak Woman and Anthony Michael Peterson a.k.a. Tru as Guitar Man in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.



Dawn L. Troupe as Blues Speak Woman and Anthony Michael Peterson a.k.a. Tru as Guitar Man in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.



Dawn L. Troupe as Blues Speak Woman, Tyee Tilghman as Jelly, and Aldo Billingslea as Sweet Back in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Aldo Billingslea as Sweet Back, Omoze Idehenre as Girl, and Tyee Tilghman as Jelly in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Omoze Idehenre as Missy May and Aldo Billingslea as Joe in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Omoze Idehenre as Missy May and Aldo Billingslea as Joe in Cal Shakes’ SPUNK, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Set & Costume designs:


Set design by Michael Locher


Costume designs by Callie Floor



Publicity photos:

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Margo Hall and L. Peter Callender in Spunk, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Margo Hall and L. Peter Callender in Spunk, directed by Patricia McGregor; photo by Kevin Berne.

VIDEO








AUDIO



Here are a couple of original musical compositions by Anthony Michael Peterson, a.k.a. Tru, who plays Guitar Man in our upcoming production of Spunk. These tracks, recorded by Will McCandless, are similar to the original music Tru is adding to Chic Street Man’s already smokin’ score.

Tru’s ukulele ditty
Tru’s acoustic number
Tru on slide guitar

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS


We believe that every child is different and that parents are best suited to make decisions about the appropriateness of any production for their children. We provide this information to help parents in their decision making.

Spunk contains mature subject matter including themes of love, joy, courting, flirtation, and violence. All the actions are staged in a very stylized way, not graphically or realistically, but the emotional situations will be clear. We hope all families realize that we are presenting these adult stories as life struggles that everyone goes through on their journey to becoming their own self, not to condone difficult or painful behavior. We hope all audiences come away from seeing Spunk with a sense of discovery and joy from participating in the everyday lives portrayed.