Jump at the Sun
- Narrated by: full cast
- Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
- Release date: 08-02-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
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
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By Hummingbird on 22-07-17
what a fantastic autobiographical piece.
The ending surprised me. I thought her vivacious energies would go on for a few more hours. She was a genius. An honest to her roots genius. This text certainly captured her spirit. A very worthy listen.
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By PhotogirlNYC on 05-09-12
A Beautiful Dramatic Performance!
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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By Cynthia on 14-02-15
Those that got it, can't hide it
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." from Zora Neale Hurston's 1942 autobiography, "Dust Tracks on a Road." "Jump at the Sun" is a wonderful title for this LA Theater Works play by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson and the 2008 Samuel D. Pollard documentary the play seems to have been developed from.
Zora Neale Hurston grew up "telling lies" to an appreciative audience in a small Black town in Florida. She was a story teller and, as an acclaimed anthropologist, a story collector and a folklorist. Zora Neale Hurston wasn't so much as in the right place at the right time as she created the right time and the right place - Harlem in the 1920's became the Harlem Renaissance. She was a contemporary of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), who is prominently featured in "Jump at the Moon." Hughes was more radicalized than Zora Neale Hurston, and probably looked down at her for being too ethnically black. She was exuberant and embraced Black culture, and that exuberance makes a great radio play performance.
LA Theater Works (latw dot org) has a great guide for teachers, and it's a good guide to start learning about that cultural era. The title of this review is a Zora Neale Hurston quote.
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