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Spunk comes to Penumbra

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blues-woman jevett allenPenumbra Theatre announced the opening of "Spunk," adapted by George C. Wolfe from "Three Tales" by Zora Neale Hurston, with music by Chic Street Man.

The production opened Thursday, and runs through Apr. 7 at Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent Street, Saint Paul.

The all-star cast features Emmy award-winning actor T. Mychael Rambo, Dennis W. Spears, Jevetta Steele, Austene Van, Keith Jamal Downing and Mikell Sapp, with direction and choreography by Patdro Harris and musical direction and arrangement by Carlton Leake.

Based on the folklore collected by literary icon Zora Neale Hurston, "Spunk" is a sensuous and witty journey through African-American life at the dawn of the 20th century. A rich mixture of storytelling, dance, and the blues, "Spunk" is both a celebration of life and a testament to the travails African-Americans have endured. A pillar of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston's voice is brought to life by award-winning playwright, George C. Wolfe.

dennis--jevett richryan-90292"Twenty years ago, we electrified audiences with a production of 'Spunk.' We return to the play to tap into a wellspring of black folklore and traditions that have sustained whole communities throughout history. This wonderful cast, led confidently by Patdro Harris, offers a fresh take on these timeless tales." Said Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of Penumbra.


Hurston was a famed writer known most notably for her novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God." She was also an anthropologist and determined to juxtapose what she recognized as "authentic Negro life" with stereotypical representations in vogue during the 1920s and 1930s. Her mission was to animate representations of black life with the spirit and pride she had seen in her all-black childhood home of Eatonville, Fla. Half a century later, George C. Wolfe picked up the baton carried by his forbearers, and adapted three of Hurston's short stories for the stage.


austene--t-dance richryan-90620-copy"SPUNK"
Mar. 14 – Apr. 7

Performances: Wednesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Adult single ticket: $40; students $15
270 North Kent Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-3180 or www.penumbratheatre.org
 

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