A Little Bit of Spunk on Stage

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 “I git to the git with some pain n’ some spit n’ some spunk.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston 

Hi friends! I hope y’all are doing well. We’ve been on a hiatus, but even a darling belle needs some r&r right? Since we’re relaxed, the sis and I decided to take in a couple plays this weekend. I’ve always been a fan of Zora Neale Hurston’s work, so when a belle found out some of her short stories would be performed on stage, I was giddy with excitement.

The show, Spunk, was put on by none other than Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, who always deliver quality theatre to audiences in Atlanta. The play was written by noted playwright George C. Wolfe.

Spunk covered three of Zora Neale Hurston’s works: Sweat, A Story in Harlem Slang and The Gilded Six Bits. 

Sweat was about a woman’s triumph over an abusive husband. You will love the soulful down home blues singing that occurs in this story. Imagine yourself transported to the Delta where you get a peek inside the lives of complex characters.

A Story in Harlem Slang was perhaps one of the funniest! The actors were so lively as they told the story of street hustlers trying to out-hustle each other, and  a beautiful woman in the process. You’ll need to glance at your program during this performance, so you can understand what the slang means.

The Gilded Six Bits is about a doting husband who experiences an impasse in his relationship with his wife. The story entails triumph and betrayal.

Throughout each short story, you will continue to hear bluesy music that will make your soul smile. Along with the excellent acting, the music will draw you in. It is truly an experience.

Spunk was an absolutely superb performance!!! Go because you want to see something different. Go because you want to take in AND support the arts. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a fan of excellent American literature that allows you to peek into the lives of blacks during the Harlem Renaissance and Great Migration, you’re in for a treat. Zora Neale Hurston is one of the foremost writers (and not just African-American) of the 20th century.

Spunk  is playing in Midtown Atlanta at the 14th Street Playhouse, which is convenient to many of Atlanta’s finest dining and shopping establishments. It’s also a perfect place to people watch. The run ends on October 13th and tickets start at $35, which is an AWESOME PRICE for what you will experience. You can purchase your tickets here.

Disclosure: We received tickets to this event. As always, a belle’s opinions are her own! 

Shermika

Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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