Shakespeare, ceramics and Zora Neale Hurston?

by Susannah Israel

“CAA artists get a rare treat at California Shakespeare sculpture exhibition.”

What do all these have in common? Last night we had the honor of being the guests of Artistic Director Jonathon Moscone and Sharon Simpson at a stunning performance of Spunk. After a catered picnic dinner, wines and great conversation, we were seated in the Bruns Ampitheater for the outdoor performance. We had been cautioned to bring warm clothing, and by the time the show was over, every wool hat, jacket, scarf and blanket in the place had been put to good use.

Described as “ …three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle,”  Spunk was everything promised and more. Laughing, crying, singing and clapping along with the cast, the crowd was captivated from the first guitar chord.

Attending the performance were CAA artists Jon Gariepy, Wes Horn, Susannah Israel, John Toki and Wanxin Zhang; our spouses and family were also generously invited.

Many thanks to John Toki, who curated this year’s annual Works In Nature Exhibition, for a wonderful, unforgettable evening.

Susannah Israel

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