Award-winning writer Kathleen McGhee-Anderson's play chronicles the passions of Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist, anthropologist, and literary nova of the Harlem Renaissance. TV/film veterans Tommy Hicks, David Downing, and Tina Lifford (Parenthood), as Hurston, lead the multi-talented L.A. Theatre Works cast, who perform the life and loves of the barefoot girl who grew from making up tales about the simple life of the sharecropping south into the woman lionized as a uniquely fashionable individual, and one of the preeminent writers of 20th century African-American literature.
As the '20s roared and the Harlem renaissance thrived, a young woman from rural Florida became the toast of literary New York. Jump At The Sun chronicles the passionate life of Zora Neale Hurston (author of Their Eyes Are Watching God), who went from spinning tales on the front porch of a country store to writing prize-winning stories, novels, and plays. Imbued with the rhymes and rhythms of the Jazz Age, Hurston's story reveals a woman's ferocious appetite for life, literature, and love.
Starring (in alphabetical order):
David Downing as Buddy, Porter, Juice
Cyndi James Gossett as Louise Thompson, Sadie, Lucy, Ann Hurston
Tommy Hicks as Langston Hughes, John Hurston, Bits
Lamakhosi Kuene as Young Zora, Plum
John Lafayette as Herbert Sheen
Mark Christopher Lawrence as Wallace Thurman, Photographer
Loren Lester as Franz Boaz
Tina Lifford as Zora Neale Hurston
Nan Martin as Godmother
Marian Mercer as Fanny Hurst
Felton Perry as Gene, Charles S. Johnson, Poe
Esther Scott as Gwen Benner, Delilah, Effie
(P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works. All Rights Reserved.
It's always "story time" somewhere...
I'm a complete sucker for a well-crafted, dramatic audio performance and this one was definitely worth the credit. The production quality was so brilliant that it seemed more like I was watching a play rather than simply listening to a performance. The cast of performers was truly outstanding.
My only complaint----not nearly long enough!
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