Audition Notice for SPUNK

SPUNK 

Audition Date: MON, JANUARY 30

Time slots begin at 6:30pm. Please email LeeH@The5andDime.org to schedule your audition time or if you have any questions


 

Production Information

SPUNK
Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston

Adapted by George C. Wolfe, Music by Chic Street Man
Directed by Lee Hamby, Choreographed by Alex Rodriguez

Performance Dates: March 22, 23, 24 and 25

 

Available Roles

4 African American Men (1 man plays Guitar)
2 African American Women

ALL MUST SING

 

Preparation

Please prepare a blues, Gospel or Jazz song of your choice. You will need to bring an accompaniment CD to use for the audition. A CD player will be provided. *No a cappella auditions please*

 

About

“This critically acclaimed adaptation was originally developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was first presented in New York as a co-production of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Crossroads Theater Company. The true spunk in SPUNK belongs to Mr. Wolfe, who has gallantly met Zora Neale Hurston in the theater on her own uncompromising terms and, better still, has found the imaginative means to make good on his half of so challenging collaboration.” — NY Times.

“The show—three pre-World War II vignettes of African-American life filtered through Hurston’s black, ornery and feminist sensibility — has class, wit and passion… This is a great show… another tantalizing taste of the no longer forgotten Zora Neale Hurston.” — NY Post

“Mr. Wolfe has adapted three stories by Miss Hurston — translated them, actually, into jazz and blues — giving them a powerful injection of irony and wit, which in no way diffuses their rage” — The New Yorker

Hurston’s evocative prose and Wolfe’s unique theatrical style blend to create an evening of theatre that celebrates the human spirit’s ability to overcome and endure. Utilizing the blues, choral narrative and dance, the three tales focus on men and women trapped inside the “laughin’ kind of lovin’ kind of hurtin’ kind of pain that comes from being human.” The first of the three tales, SWEAT tells the story of a young washerwoman who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband and of her ultimate triumph over him. The second piece, STORY IN HARLEM SLANG, is told in 1940s Harlemese. It is the story of two street lotharios trying to outhustle each other and win the favor of—and a meal from—a domestic on her payday afternoon off. The third tale, THE GILDED SIX BITS, is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband’s betrayal by his loving but innocent wife.

Here are a few videos of other productions to give you a feel and style of the show

[button link=”http://www.youtube.com/v/UOG_fHaNb7M?fs=1&autoplay=1&fmt=22″ color=”black” newwindow=”yes”] VIDEO ONE[/button]   [button link=”http://www.youtube.com/v/11ioCkW5U14?fs=1&autoplay=1&fmt=22″ color=”black” newwindow=”yes”] VIDEO TWO[/button]   

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