San Diego's Old Globe Theatre begins performances of Keith Glover-Keb' Mo-Anderson Edwards' Thunder Knockin' on the Door July 3 for a run through Aug. 14 at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Writer Glover directs.
Set at a crossroads in Bessemer, Alabama, Thunder Knockin' at the Door tells the modern fable of Marvell Thunder, a blues-playing supernatural trickster who visits the Dupree family to settle an old debt. The elder Dupree once "out-licked" him on the Delta blues guitar and Thunder is back to challenge the Dupree children, rock-n-roller Jaguar Jr. and blind, beautiful Glory, to a blues duel.
Mo', nee Kevin Moore, won a 1997 Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album. (San Diego audiences can see the musician July 7 in concert at Humphrey's.) Writer-director Glover is also a playwright known for Dancing on Moonlight, Coming of the Hurricane and the Pulitzer-Prize nominated In Walks Ed, which he also directed at the Cincinnati Playhouse and at CT's Long Wharf Theatre. Writer-performer Edwards has appeared in The Other Cinderella and The Fantasticks and performed with artists like Wynton Marsalis and Koko Taylor.
Thunder stars Terry Burrell (Show Boat) as Good Sister Dupree, Doug Eskew (Cats) as Jaguar Dupree, Sr./Dregster Dupree, Peter Jay Fernandez (Jelly's Last Jam) as Marvell Thunder, Marva Hicks (Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music) and Kevyn Morrow (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Jaguar Dupree, Jr.
The design team includes David Kenneth Gallo (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Jeff Ladman (sound). D. Adams is the stage manager. Tickets (39-$23) are available by calling the box office at (619) 239 2255. The Old Globe Theatre is located in Balboa Park beside the Museum of Man. The Old Globe can be found on the web at http://www.oldglobe.com.
-- By Christine Ehren