February 16, 1999 | Music-Theatre Group
Running Man
Composer:Diedre Murray
Librettist:Cornelius Eady
Synopsis
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.

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Music-Theatre GroupRunning Man8/8/2000 - 8/27/2000
Music-Theatre GroupRunning Man2/2/1999 - 3/15/1999
Music-Theatre GroupRunning Man6/1/1998 - 6/20/1998


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Jazz-influences; A "roots opera."

Vocal & Musical Forces
Ensemble of 5

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)


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