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February 23, 2001

CSUS Theatre Gets "Spunky"

The California State University, Sacramento theatre department presents Spunk - three tales of love, money and survival in 1940s - written by Zora Neale Hurston.

Production dates for Spunk, directed by James Utz, are at 8 p.m., March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. March 11 and 18 in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall.

During the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston - a novelist, dramatist, and folklorist - flourished as a writer of prose fiction and journalism. A native of Florida, Hurston collected African American folk tales that exerted a major influence on both her short fiction and her classic 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Spunk is a play that consists of three of Hurston's short stories adapted by award-winning African American playwright-director George C. Wolfe: Sweat tells a story of a young woman who is abused and terrorized by her estranged husband; Story in Harlem Slang tells the story of two young gigolos trying to out-hustle each other; and The Gilded Six Bits is a bittersweet story of a husband's betrayal by his loving but innocent wife.

Tickets for Spunk are $10 general, $7 for students, seniors, and alumni and $6 for groups of ten or more. Tickets are available at CSUS Central Box Office, (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com, (916) 766-2777.

Media assistance is available at the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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