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Spunk

April 30 - June 23, 2019

The primal potency of the blues and the story-telling wizardry of Zora Neale Hurston weave a blissful magic

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George C. Wolfe's Vibrant Musical Fable

The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre launches an exciting new 2018/19 season filled with culturally diverse, innovative works including Spunk, a soul-stirring musical fable by five-time Tony Award winning Angels In America director George C. Wolfe. Based on the short stories of influential African American author Zora Neale Thurston, the exuberant production is a stunning exploration of African culture in America, interwoven with its historical musical counterpart - The Blues.

An otherworldly, guitar-toting Blues man and a Blues Speak Woman narrate three different tales of survival with searing wit, glowing energy and mesmeric, physical storytelling. 'Sweat' chronicles the heartbreak of an exhausted washerwoman, abused by her beloved, whilst 'Story In Harlem Slang' revels in the poetic syllables of the streets, telling the tale of two whipsmart but idle young bucks searching for fame and glory in New York City. The final in the trio, 'The Gilded Six-Bits' centers on a doting husband betrayed by his wife.

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Opening night: 30 April 2019

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