Andrew Hazzard (l) and Dana Matthews play a newlywed couple in the tale "Gilded Six Bits."
DSU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present the student production of “Spunk - Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston” at 7:30 p.m. nightly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29- 31 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.
The performances are free and open to the public.
Three tales of joy, pain and love are representative of storytelling in the keys of the blues. The first tales is called “Sweat” is the story of a love gone wrong, while the second piece “Story in Harlem Slang” is told in the vernacular of Harlemese street hustle. Finally the third tale “The Gilded Six Bits” is the bittersweet triumph of young love.
The Hurston works are adapted as stage productions by George C. Wolfe with music by Chic Street Man.
Bryant Hazzard serves as the music director of the production and provide some nice jazz ivory chops.
"Spunk" features student actors Ashleigh J. T. Summers, Tyrone J. Ashley, Jr., Andrew Hazzard, Dana A. Matthews, Megan S. Felix, Dorian McDonald, Harry T. Hudson, Kenneth R. Elston, Kendra N. Gravely, and Jay Felton Jr. Lincoln, Del., Bryant Hazzard serves as musical director.
The Rev. Shirlyn Henry Brown is the director of the play, the University’s final theatre production of the season. "Come and experience a taste of strength, passion and survival, as only Zora Neale Hurston can tell," Rev. Brown said.
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was an African American folklorist, anthropologist and author. She wrote four novels and more the 50 published short stories, plays and essays. She is best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
All performances are free and open to the public. For further information please call 302 857-6573.