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.
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
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
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
TRIANGLE LAB ACTIVITIES
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Set & Costume designs:
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.
"Seven irresistible performers, the primal potency of the blues, and the storytelling wizardry of Zora Neale Hurston weave a blissful magic."
“Everything about this production ... is pitch perfect.”
“Stylishly directed by Patricia McGregor, and performed by a vibrant seven-member cast, each tale emerges an eminently theatrical human drama.”
“Zora Neale Hurston is resurrected again.”
—East Bay Express
“A fantastic night of theater that only leaves you wanting more”
"The very strong cast ... seem to effortlessly immerse themselves in a long-gone era to vibrantly spin the trio of engaging yarns."
—San Jose Mercury News
“Each story is as affecting as it is entertaining, and the musical interludes between them bring the whole thing together beautifully.”
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.