Thunder Knocking on the Door, a "blusical" written and directed by Keith Glover, with music and lyrics by Grammy award-winner Keb' Mo', and additional music and lyrics by Glover and Anderson Edwards, will open July 10 at the Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre for a one-month run. The cast features Marva Hicks, Kevyn Morrow, Peter Jay Fernandez, Terry Burrell and Doug Eskew.The story centers on conjure man Marvell Thunder (Fernandez), who comes to Alabama to challenge the twin children of the only musician who ever "out-licked" him on the Delta blues guitar. At a legendary southern crossroads, the final showdown unleashes a little magic and a lot of funky blues.
Thunder was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where it was first produced in 1996. It went on to receive productions at the Arena Stage and the Cincinnati Playhouse, winning the 1997 Osborn Award for Best Play from the American Theatre Critics Association.
Glover has written several plays, including Dancing on the Moonlight and Coming of the Hurricane.
Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) received a Grammy in 1997 for his contemporary blues album "Just Like You." San Diego fans can catch him in concert at Humphrey's on July 7.
Call the Old Globe at (619) 239-2255.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent