Athol Fugard cold news 2011
An archive of hot news from 2011
Master Harold in Indiana, USA
The University of Evansville Department of Theatre present “Master Harold” ... And the Boys in the Shanklin Theatre, Indiana. The director is John David Lutz. It is on from 23 Sept- 2 Oct 2011.
"A luminous drama borne out of the racial divide in apartheid-era South Africa, this scintillating story is an enduring tale of love, loss, entitlement, and pride. Set against the simple backdrop of a rainy afternoon in a 1950s tearoom, a young white boy's mercurial feelings toward his parents are juxtaposed against the delicate bonds of his friendship with an older black man. This poignantly written play examines the insidious nature of deeply entrenched racism—proving even the most intimate connections can be destroyed in a heartbeat. Winner of the 1982 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Athol Fugard's exploration of the primal ties that bind people together and tear them apart is told with both penetrating tension and wistful elegance. The emotion of its heartbreaking climax is sure to linger in the hearts and minds of audience members long after the play concludes."
Absa Fugard Festival
The 2011 Absa Fugard Festival will be held from 23-26 Sept 2011. The annual Festival held in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa over the heritage weekend is the biggest Fugard celebration in the world.
Absa Fugard Festival: Boesman and Lena
Stable Theatre is to present a schools production of Boesman and Lena.
"Athol Fugard’s powerful story set in apartheid South Africa. It deals
with a coloured couple who have been uprooted from their shanty town home
which has been bulldozed by the white authorities in order to drive them
and other blacks and coloureds in the segregated settlement further away
from their white neighbours.
The Eager Artists’s production is directed by Siza Mthembu with Jessica Jamisson (Lena) and Musa Ntuli (Boesman).
Absa Fugard Festival: My Life Re-viewed
"In 1994 Athol Fugard, with the help of Rebecca
Waddell, created the workshop presentation, My Life. It told the story of
five young South African women and their realities and aspirations.
Absa Fugard Festival: The Captain's Tiger
"The Captain`s Tiger deals with the young author (Athol
Fugard) and the formative influences on him as a young writer setting out
to make his mark. The play describes his adventures as a `captain`s
tiger`, or assistant to the captain of a merchant vessel sailing the
Pacific ocean. In his free time, he befriends Donkeyman, an illiterate
machine room mechanic, who offers him quiet support and encouragement in
his writing endeavours. He also finds his muse in the memory of his
mother, who appears to him in dreamlike sequences throughout the play,
thereby making this probably one of the most poetic of Fugard`s plays.
Absa Fugard Festival: Fugue'd
Inspired by Fugard’s reoccurring theme of disconnection, this production explores the pressures, the responsibilities and the aspirations of young people on the threshold of a changing future. Fugue’d is a contemporary piece, drawing from the past to make sense of the future. Directed by Cheri-Lee Blackie and presented by The Waterfront Theatre College.
Absa Fugard Festival: Lied
van die Vallei
"Lied van die Vallei is die Afrikaanse vertaling van
Valley Song, die eerste stuk wat Fugard geskryf het na die verkiesing in
1994. Soos verwag kan word het dit 'n ligter aanslag as baie van Fugard se
voor ' 94 stukke en die liedjies in die stuk dra ook by tot 'n genotvolle
Absa Fugard Festival: Hallo
"In hierdie prikkelende teaterstuk, speel die storie af
in n huis in Valleyweg en ondersoek die verhouding tussen 'n broer en
suster, waar onderdrukte woede en angs, elkeen hul betekenlose lewens
onderbreek. Albei moet vrede maak met die keuses wat hulle gemaak het in
die lewe, en die manier waarop hulle beïnvloed is deur hul herinneringe,
kinderjare, en hul dominante, gestremde vader.
Directing Fugard in Cape Town, South Africa
The Directors and Directing conference is hosted by the Gordon
Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) from 29- 31 July 2011.
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The Road to Mecca in Colorado, USA
Creede Repertory Theatre present The Road to Mecca in rep from 9 Jul- 22 Sept 2011. Click on the image for more details.
Master Harold in Long Beach, USA
Long Beach Playhouse Theatre in Long Beach, CA presents Master Harold and the Boys from 2- 30 Jul 2011. Click on the image for details.
"...the Tony Award-winning play that looks at prejudice and how it can be passed from generation to generation".
Lifetime Achievement Honour
Athol Fugard is to receive a lifetime achievement honour at this year's Tony awards. He will be recognised at the ceremony in New York on 12 June.
Hello and Goodbye in Namibia
99FM Playhouuse Theatre and Committed Artists of Namibia (CAN) present Hello and Goodbye. The director is Frederick Brian Philander and the actors are Lynne Jacobs and Johnnie Smith. It is on from 24- 25 Jun 2011.
Fugard film festival in South Africa
The Fugard Theatre present a week of classic films based on Fugard’s
works from 7-11 Jun 2011. Click on the image for details.
Absa Fugard Festival applications
The 2011 Absa Fugard Festival will be held from 23-26 Sept 2011 and the organizers are now awaiting applications. Artists who want to be part of the 2011 Festival have until 15 Mar 2011 to submit their applications. The annual Festival held in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa over the heritage weekend is the biggest Fugard celebration in the world.
Master Harold in South Africa
Rother Swain Drama Studio present Master Harold from 1-3 Jul 2011 in Grahamstown, South Africe. The director is Sharon Rother and the actors are Gift Buqa, Phambili Ngcayisa and Cameron Robertson. Click on the image for details.
Sizwe Bansi in South Africa
The Market Theatre presents Sizwe Banzi is Dead from 21 Jun- 24 Jun 2011. The director is Monageng Vice Motshabi and the actors are Arthur Molepo and Omphile Molusi. Click on the image for more details.
"Motshabi’s interpretation of this timeless play puts an emphasis on the issue of identity which today remains relevant, much as it did many years ago. “The issue of survival portrayed in the play goes into matters of identity. Names are very important to black people. For Sizwe, he reflects on whether he will actually connect with his ancestors if he is now called something else. The play therefore attempts to explore the question ‘Is being a man connected to a name or a functional role a man has to take”, said Motshabi."
The Bird Watchers
Athol Fugard returns to the Fugard Theatre with a new play The Bird Watchers, produced and presented by the Fugard Theatre and Eric Abraham. The cast include Sean Taylor and Dorothy Ann Gould. It is on from 10 May to 4 Jun 2011.
My Children! My Africa! in Chattanooga, USA
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga presents, My Children! My Africa! from 29 Apr- 15 May 2011 at the St. Andrew’s Center, Chattanooga. The director is Brenda Schwab, stage manager Hannah Wilson, set designer Garry Lee Posey and costumes designer Sydney Hooper. Click on the image for more information.
Master Harold film in New York
The new film of 'Master Harold' and the boys will be shown at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in the Quad Cinema, New York on 4 May 2011.
The films is directed by Lonny Price. Hally is played by Freddie Highmore and Sam by Ving Rhames, Willie by Patrick Mofokeng and Bully by Justin Stein.
Master Harold in Washington, DC USA
Bob Bartlett directs Master Harold... and the Boys. It is presented by the Quotidian Theatre Company in Washington, DC from 18 Mar- 17 Apr 2011. The actors are Ben Davis, Jason B. McIntosh and Theodore M. Snead. Click on the image for more details.
My Children! My Africa! in Pretoria, South Africa
My Children! My Africa! directed by Innocent Msiza and with Moagi Modise, Mkhuseli Mxakatho and Carly Bailey is on from 8-20 Mar 2011. Click here for more details.
Dimetos in Decca, India
As part of the ‘Garma Garam Chai’ event in Decca, India there will be a reading of Dimetos. Described as "a bitter-sweet tragedy" it will be held on 19 Mar 2011 at Vibgyor, 71, Sona Towers, Miller’s Road.
Valley Song in Venice, USA
Valley Song plays at the Electic Lodge Theatre from 4- 20 Mar 2011. The play is directed by Patrick Ssenjovu and presented by African Theatre company. The actors are Charles Parnell, Gloria Huwiler and Paulo de Sousa (three actors?).
"Set in post apartheid South Africa, Athol Fugard’s
compelling work is a soulful meditation on the country’s metamorphoses in
the wake of the first democratic elections. A hauntingly beautiful play,
Valley Song documents the evolving social landscape of South Africa, with
a deep sensitivity to the day to day struggles and private dreams of its
Fugard speaking in San Diego, USA
Athol Fugard is the keynote speaker at the 2011 Peacemaker Awards in San Diego. It is on 10 Mar 2011 at Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, USA. Click on the image for more details.
The Road to Mecca in Boston, USA
The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) present The Road to Mecca from 16 Feb- 5 Mar 2011 at the Boston University Theatre. On 2 Mar 2011 there is a post-show discussion with members of the company.
The director is Judy Braha and the actors are Elaine Vaan Hogue (Miss Helen), Mark Cohen (Rev. Marius Byleveld) and Ali Kerestly (Elsa Barlow). Scene design is by James Fluhr, costume design by Annie Woods, lighting by Aaron Sherkow, sound by Andrea Gordon. The technical director is Loren Primeau, the stage manager is Leigh Robinette and the production manager is Roger Meeker.
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Sizwe Bansi is Dead, South Africa
Omphile Molusi and Arthur Molepo star in Sizwe Bansi is Dead. The director is Monageng Vice Motshabi. It is on at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The play, set in Styles’ Photographic Studio, follows Sizwe’s quest for survival in the Port Elizabeth of the late sixties, early seventies. Sizwe has been caught without a passbook and must return to King Williams Town to his poverty stricken family or take a chance that could force him to abandon his given name and sense of identity. He is forced to rethink what he believes makes up a man’s identity."
It is on from 11 Jan - 20 Feb 2011. Click on the image for more details.
Statements in Oxford, UK
Nous Theatre present Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act at the Burton Taylor Theatre in Oxford, UK from Feb 1- 5 2011.
""In every corner of being myself there is a little of you left and now I must start to lose it."
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Reviews from the site:
Review by Celeste Mottahedin-Fardo
With a drive and urgency that forces the viewer to consider the issues the play raises, this brave new adaptation lingers in the mind long after it finishes. For the first twenty minutes Frieda Joubert (a white librarian) and Errol Philander (a black teacher and Frieda’s lover) lie on a sheet on the floor together, naked in the semi-gloom and lit only for a second by Errol’s striking of a match.
Although this is an effective contrast to the stark camera flashes and searchlights of the second half, some of the sense of intimacy between the lovers is lost because their movements are so hard to see... Onstage nudity in front of an audience sitting less than a few feet away takes a great amount of confidence and trust, which both actors exude in their superb performances.
Miller, in particular seems to have internalised two of his earlier lines in the play (“I want to be seen” and “What are you frightened of?”) and turned his body into a site of political struggle.
The effects of the Apartheid in South Africa still run deep and this adaptation... impresses upon the audience the necessity of an awareness not only of this instance of racial segregation, but of all cases of discrimination based on colour..."
Review by Charlie Mulliner
"... This play is hard hitting: you are drawn in to the couple’s intimate moments, which begin the play and when you remember that exposure must come, you dread it, meaning the tension throughout the first half of the play is effectively coming from the title of the play itself... Inspiration for the play came from a newspaper cutting in which the lovers were photographed. Fugard did not attempt to find out about their story in any more detail but used the premise to explore how such a deep division in society affects such intimacy and closeness.
The production handled the lighting beautifully... with Frieda (Joana Duyster-Borreda) backing off as Errol (Marcel Miller) lights a match to see her with, breaking their intimacy.
This play demands exceptional performances, and the
individual performances of all three actors were excellent... Marcel
Miller’s closing speech... [the] anger and frustration that he displayed
as he knew all his life and love must come to emptiness, were utterly
convincing. An impressive feat carried off with maturity... Yet while the
illicit nature of their love is something within the play that is pulling
the couple apart and I felt that the production might have, in
demonstrating this element of their relationship, have neglected the depth
of the underlying affection and love for one another... It is without
Die Kaptein se Tier in South Africa
The Fugard Theater and the Suidoosterfees present Die Kaptein se Tier,
Antjie Krog’s Afrikaans translation of Athol Fugard’s The Captains Tiger
as part of the 2011 Suidoosterfees programme line-up, from 19- 29 Jan
2011. The run will then be extended at the Fugard Theatre until 5
"’n Jong matroos aan boord van die SS Graigaur begin om sy eerste roman neer te pen. Met die hulp van sy muse – ’n portret van sy ma wat lewend geword het – en die bystand van sy vriend – ’n ongeletterde sk".
The Train Driver, US Premiere: extended run
The American Premiere of The Train Driver will be at the Fountain Theatre, LA. It is directed by Stephen Sachs and the actors are Morlan Higgins and Adolphus Ward.
"One man's world is transformed by what he sees in the eyes of another human being".
It is on from 8 Oct 2010 and has just been extended to 30 Jan 2011. Click on the image for more details.
Fugard lectures in South Africa
The Fugard Theatre presents lunch-hour screenings of the lectures
delivered by Athol Fugard as part of his Humanitas Visiting Professorship
at Oxford and Cambridge University last year.
"I was deeply grateful to Oxford University and Eric Abraham for the timely invitation to launch the Humanitas Professorships at Oxford University,” said Fugard. “It came at a time when I have increasingly felt the need to reckon with and map out the fifty-years of playwriting that lie behind me.”
Hello and Goodbye in St Alban's, UK
Hello and Goodbye is on at the Abbey Theatre, St. Albans, UK from 21-29 Jan 2011. It is presented by Company of Ten. Click on the image for more details. The photo is by Roy Harmer and is copyright Abbey Theatre 2011.
Athol Fugard Talk Back
Athol Fugard will hold a talk back on 21 Nov 2010 after the performance of The Train Driver at the Fountain Theatre, LA.
The Train Driver, British Premiere
The European Premiere of The Train Driver will be at the Hampstead
Theatre, London. It is directed by Athol Fugard.
It is on from 4 Nov- 4 Dec 2010. Click on the image above for more details.
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