Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil

Guy Davis in concert

From Mel Gussow’s review in the NY Times, February 25, 1993:

Robert Johnson met the devil at a crossroad and sold his soul for the sake of his music: that’s what some people believed. How else could one explain the guitarist’s sudden transformation from mediocrity to genius? The Johnson legend grew after his death in 1938, as did his reputation. Following a series of rediscoveries, most prominently by the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, he is now accepted as a seminal figure in the history of blues. The playwright Bill Harris has taken Johnson’s music and what is known of his secretive life and woven them together with a story of his own invention. The result is “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil,” a high-spirited and often rhapsodic search for the musician’s soul.

Presented as part of the 1992-93 Season

Play opened February 24, 1993 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse

Artist Credits

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Playwright Bill Harris
Director Woodie King, Jr. Woodie King Jr
Musical Director Guy Davis
Stage Manager Malik
Set Designer Richard Harmon
Lighting Designer Antoinette Tynes Antoinette Tynes
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Sound Designer Polar Levine
Props Marlon Campell
Actor Guy Davis
Actor Grenoldo Frazier
Actor Herman LeVern Jones
Actor James Curt Bergwall
Actor Denise Burse-Mickelbury

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