Lights and Action!

After an outpouring of public support, including 1,400 donations, the lauded African American company is back in business. The mood at Penumbra is reflected in the play opening this week: “Spunk.”

T. Michael RamboThere are reasons why Penumbra is playing “Spunk” right now. Director Patdro Harris describes Spunk as “a piece about love and hope and survival, through the eyes of African American people and the blues.”

George C. Wolfe’s 1989 play is based on three stories collected by Zora Neale Hurston. The stories may be folklore but they carry hard truths of real life. One story is about a washerwoman and her philandering husband; the second is about three fast-talking hucksters, eager to prey on a girl they meet on the street. The third is about a conman with his eye on a newlywed bride.

Penumbra’s production of “Spunk” is all-star including T. Mychael Rambo, the cast includes Jevetta Steele and Dennis Spears. For the performers, the public outpouring of support has been exhilarating and humbling. But now director Harris said it is time to shine again.

Spunk runs at Penumbra Theatre through April 7.

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