Running Man
Composer: Diedre Murray
Librettist: Cornelius Eady
Other Artistic Personnel: Diane Paulus, director; Linda Twine, music director; Christianne Myers, costume designer; Lyn Austin, producing director; Myung Hee Cho, set designer; John Lasiter, lighting designer; Richard Jansen, sound designer
Original Cast: Darius De Haas as Tommy (running man), Roberta Gumbel as Tommy's mother, Robert Jason Jackson as Tommy's father, Kimberly Jajuan as Miss Look, Chris Rustin as younger Tommy, Ronnell Bey as Seven (singing narrator)
Premiere Date: February 16, 1999
Producing Company: Music-Theatre Group
Description: Running Man is a new music-theater piece, a "roots" opera that explores, through poetry and jazz, the emotional and psychological identity of the central character (the Running Man), his African American family, and the disappearance of an indigenous rural culture to American mainstream society. The piece is set against the backdrop of World War II and the migration of Southern agrarian families to the great cities of the North, and captures the vibrant spirit of a culture and a people that lived along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Reviews: Peter Marks, Ny Times, March 5, 1999
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 1
Musical Style: Jazz-influences; A "roots opera."
Contact: Music-Theatre Group
Address: 30 West 26th Street, Suite 1001
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-366-5260, x22
Schedule of Performances Listings
Running Man (Murray)
Thursday, August 24, 2000 - Music-Theatre Group
Running Man (Murray)
Friday, October 1, 1999 - Music-Theatre Group
Running Man (Murray)
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 - Music-Theatre Group
Running Man (Murray)
Saturday, June 20, 1998 - Music-Theatre Group
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