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Spunk

May 14–17, 2021

Spunk

May 14–17, 2021

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From the first day that Spunk, a charismatic, guitar-playing wanderer, sets foot in his new home, his bravado and musical talents make him the talk of this rural Florida town.

Spunk immediately catches the eye of the lovely, young, and married Evalina Bishop, and their love affair sets off a chain of extraordinary events that none of their gossip-loving neighbors will ever forget.

This play is based on Hurston’s short story Spunk which was published by Opportunity Magazine in June 1925. Ten years later, Hurston wrote this theatrical adaptation, which was never published and was considered to be lost for many years until the text was located in 1997.

Note: This is not the 1989 George C. Wolfe play of the same name, based on three Hurston stories.

Spunk Cast

Blue Trout/Various
Melvin Abston
Mrs. Georgia Watson
Melody A. Betts
Hodge Bishop/Singing Liner
Sean Blake
Daisy
Melanie Brezill
Oral/Various
JC Brooks
Willie Joe/Various
Gilbert Domally
Evalina (Lina)
Nicole Michelle Haskins
Teazie
Brittney Mack
Jim Bishop/Various
Evan Tyrone Martin
Stage Directions
Shannon Matesky
Nunkie/Various
Nygel D. Robinson
Spunk/Various
Kelvin Roston, Jr.
Ruby
Adrienne Walker
Boss/Capt. Hammer/Admiral
Sean Walton
Special Appearance by
Melody Angel

Spunk Creative

Playwright
Zora Neale Hurston
Director
Lili-Anne Brown
Music Director
Jermaine Hill
Assistant Director/Dramaturg
Ken-Matt Martin
Stage Manager
Jereme Kyle Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager
Tia Harewood-Millington
Composer for “Baby Child”, “Please Don’t Drive Me”, “She Used to Rock Me”, “Whip-Poor-Will”, “Whip-Poor-Will (Reprise)”
Masi Asare
Arranger for “Evalina”, “Evalina (Reprise)”
Masi Asare
Guitar Interludes
Melody Angel
Percussion
Okai, Mike Ramsey

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Musical Numbers

Act 1
1. Let’s Shake It Singing Liner, Men
2. Shove It Over Singing Liner, Men
3. Mule on the Mount Spunk
4. Act 1 Scene 2 Instrumental
5. I’m Gonna Make Me A Graveyard of My Own Spunk, Men
6. Sale of Toes/ Polk County Blues Instrumental
7. Ring Play/Baby Child All
8. Helimuhfack Spunk, Evalina
 Act 2
9. Psalm 19:14 Ruby
10. Get On Board That Ship of Zion Oral, Blue Trout, Nunkie, Willie Joe
11. It May Be So But I’m ‘Bliged to Doubt It Oral
12. Please Don’t Drive Me Because I’m Blind Men
13. Oh Lulu, Oh Gal Spunk, Men
14. She Used to Rock Me Spunk
15. Whip-Poor-Will Evalina, Ruby
16. Gethsemane Instrumental
Act 3
17. Evalina All
18. Conjure Scene Instrumental
19. Whip-Poor-Will (Reprise) Ruby
20. Hark From the Tomb a Doleful Sound Mine Ears Attend a Cry  All
21. Evalina (Reprise)  All

For information on producing SPUNK, please contact refocus@roundabouttheatre.org.

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Read More:

Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography

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History of the Play

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Historical Context


WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THE PERFORMERS’ UNIONS:

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
SAG-AFTRA

THROUGH THEATRE AUTHORITY, INC. FOR THEIR COOPERATION IN PERMITTING THE ARTISTS TO APPEAR ON THIS PROGRAM.

Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.

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