Considered a modernist masterpiece, Jean Toomer’s book Cane sent a flare into the literary night sky and helped to ignite the African-American cultural movement of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Cane impressed Washington College Lecturer in Creative Writing and Drama professor Robert Earl Price so much that he wrote a play about it, “Red Devil Moon.” Influenced by Pam Ortiz’s gift for music, Price decided that “Red Devil Moon” would be artistically amplified as a musical. A collaboration was born.
The production, with many of Ortiz’s 16 songs performed with a gospel group and the Pam Ortiz Band, will be presented at the Garfield Center for the Arts on November 15 and 16. Fort tickets, go here.
“This is a way for us to see how the musical can approach going into full production in a larger scale,” Price says.
The Spy caught up with the creative duo and talked with them about the author Jean Toomer and how the musical came about.