Ujima’s Unforgettable and Celebrated Crowd Favorite SPUNK  Returns to the Stage!

A play with songs by George C. Wolfe, Music by Chic Streetman; Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston.

Glowing with wit, humor and energy, three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues.

Reaching back into our own history, Ujima presents one of our most loved productions this time, directed by Sarah Norat Phillips who in 1994 played Blues Speak Woman. For this production Sarah will be directing Curtis Lovell as Blues Speak Woman. 

An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love. 

Using the blues, song narrative, and dance, three tales focus on men and women described by the main character as the  “laughin’ kind of lovin’ kind of hurtin’ kind of pain, that comes from being human.

Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable. 

Musical Direction is by Karen Saxon and Choreography by Naila Ansari

4 week run starting May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29   

Talkback performance – Thursday May 26

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 4:00pm

Tickets:  $30 General Admission   $20 Seniors    $10 Students/Veterans 

Reservations  By phone:(716) 281-0092  By website: ujimacoinc.org  By email:boxoffice@ujimacoinc.org