Strange Fruit
Composer: Chandler Carter
Librettist: Joan Ross Sorkin
Other Artistic Personnel: Benjamin Keaton (Music Director)
Randolph Umberger (Stage Director)
Original Cast: Denise Payton (Bess Anderson)
Jai Le’ Carlos Smith (Sam Parry)
Robert Hughes (Ed Anderson)
Caryl Price (Alma Deen)
Charles Stanton (Tracy Deen)
Nicolle Alexandre (Dorothy)
Nathan Jones (Clay)
Kerry Jennings (R.T.)
Rita Addico (Dessie)
Jay Boschon (Crazy Carl)
Erina Newkirk (Nonnie Anderson)
Jason McKinney (Big Henry)
Michael Killbridge (Brother Dunwoodie)
John Cashwell (Tom Harris)
Premiere Date: June 15, 2007
Producing Company: Long Leaf Opera
Description: Strange Fruit revolves around an interracial love affair between a young black woman, Nonnie Anderson, and a gentle, though disaffected white man, Tracy Deen in a segregated Georgia town in the early 1920s. Nonnie's older brother Ed returns to persuade his sister to return north with him. Tracy's mother enlists the traveling minister to cajole her son to join the church and marry his high school sweetheart. Discovering that Nonnie is pregnant and that Tracy plans to abandon her, Ed murders him and escapes north. His crime leads to the lynching of Big Henry, Tracy's house boy and childhood companion.
Length: 02:30
Total Acts: 3
Musical Style: Based on African-American and Southern White roots music
Contact: Chandler Carter
Address: 25 West 108th St. #2D
New York, NY 10025
E-mail Address: lcc2@earthlink.net
Phone: 516-463-4932
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