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An archive of hot news from 2012


Statements after an Arrest Under the Immorality Act in Edinburgh, UK

Statements after an arrest under the immorality act

The Fugard Theatre present Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act at the Edinburgh Festival.  It is at the Assembly Hall from 2- 27 Aug 2012.

"Set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the colour bar were a criminal offence, a black man and a white woman meet secretly, in the library where the woman works, to make love and share their hopes and fears. They are eventually discovered, arrested and charged under the infamous Immorality Act. The play is a compelling and deeply moving love story in which the physically and emotionally naked lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom."

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The Island in Philadelphia, USA

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Lantern Theatre Company present The Island from 17 May- 10 Jun 2012.  The directed is Peter DeLaurier.

"The Island is Robben Island, South Africa's notorious prison, where John and Winston are political prisoners and cellmates. After absurdly grueling days laboring under the sun, they return to their dark cell to rehearse a makeshift performance of Sophocles' play Antigone. Winston takes the part of young Antigone, who defies the laws of the state for the sake of her conscience. John takes the part of Creon, the king, who is so desperate to hold onto power that he will crush any dissent. Rehearsals in the cramped cell will test their friendship and strain their resilience in this gripping, vivid portrait of apartheid-era struggle. Undeniably moving and surprisingly funny, this modern classic by Tony Award-winners Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntoshona celebrates hope, passion, and the strength of friendship."

There are special events:
25 May 2012: Directors: In Conversation
27 May 2012: Artists: In Conversation
8 Jun 2012: Artistic Director: In Conversation

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Blood Knot, The Train Driver and My Children! My Africa in New York

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The Signature Center has Athol Fugard as its inaugural Residency One playwright.   The Residency series will feature Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa! and the New York premiere of The Train Driver.  Fugard will direct Blood Knot and The Train Driver, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct My Children! My Africa!

Blood Knot is on 31 Jan- 11 Mar 2012 (see above)
The Train Driver is on 14 Aug- 23 Sept 2012
My Children! My Africa! is on 1 May- 10 Jun 2012

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The Blue Iris world premiere 2012

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The world premiere of The Blue Iris is at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa on 28 June 2012.  Following a run at the festival, the play moves to the Fugard Theatre then Joburg’s Market Theatre.

Directed by Janice Honeyman, the actors are Claire Berlein, Graham Weir and Lee-Ann van Rooi.  Lighting design is by Mannie Manim and set design by Dicky Longhurst.

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Falls the Shadow on Sky Arts

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Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard had its world premiere showing at the Barbican, London on 28 May 2012.  A shortened version of the film will be shown on Sky Arts soon.



Master Harold in San Diego, USA

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Living Light Theatre present Master Harold... and the Boys in the Lyceum Theatre, San Diego from 11- 20 May 2012.  Austyn Myers directs and Shaun T. Evans plays Sam and Vimel Sephus plays Willie.

"This wonderful piece is set in the racially divided South Africa of apartheid. It centers on a white teenage boy and his relationship with his two black servants. The shadow of racism and bigotry as it is passed down through generations then absorbed into one's culture without ever deliberately choosing to accept it; looms over the three as the future of their friendship comes into question in a moving and powerful narration that only Fugard could deliver. Moving deftly between comedy and tragedy, this story celebrates the light of the spirit within each of us, and the courage to choose love. Of all of his plays, none is more personal than Master Harold and the Boys because it relates to a boyhood incident of his which haunted him for years until he tried to atone by writing this play in 1982."

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Falls the Shadow, world premiere in London, UK

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Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard has its world premiere showing at the Barbican, London on 28 May 2012.  The film will be introduced by producer Eric Abraham.

"We mark the 80th Birthday of one of the world's most performed playwrights with the world première of Tony Palmer’s new film on the celebrated writer, actor and director Athol Fugard.

Most noted for his plays revealing the shocking reality of South Africa’s apartheid history, the film includes footage of life under the regime and on the infamous Robben Island along with contributions from Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk, Yvonne Bryceland, John Kani, Alan Rickman and Kathy Bates, and features among others Antony Sher, Ben Kingsley, James Earl Jones, Pieter Dirk-Uys and Janet Suzman."

The film is directed by Tony Palmer.  Click on the image for more details.


Playland in St Louis, USA

Playland will be performed at the Mustard Seed Theatre, St. Louis, MO from 2- 12 Feb 2012.


My Children! My Africa! in New York, USA

Juilliard's Drama Division presents My Children! My Africa!, directed by Jonathan Rosenberg.  It is on from Feb 2012.  More details when available.


The Road to Mecca Broadway premiere

The Road to Mecca

Roundabout Theatre Company present the Broadway premiere of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.  The actors are Rosemary Harris, Jim Dale and Carla Gugino.  The director is Gordon Edelstein.  It is on at the American Airlines Theatre with previews on 16 Dec 2011 and the official run from 17 Jan - 4 Mar 2012.

"In a desolate stretch of the Karoo Desert in South Africa, an elderly woman has turned her home into a higly personal work of art.   The townspeople are threatened by her eccentricity and want to send her to an old age home, but a younger woman, a kindred spirit, wants to save the woman and her home."

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Blood Knot in North Carolina, USA

There is a workshop presentation of The Blood Knot at the Cobb Rehearsal Studio of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on 17- 19 Nov 2011.  It is directed by Robert Francesconi and features members of Studio 4.

"This 1961 revolutionary breakthrough play established Athol Fugard as one of the world’s great living playwrights. Set in apartheid-era South Africa in the 1950s, it is about the soul-searing effects of racism on two half-brothers – one light skinned, the other dark."


Master Harold... and the Boys in San Francisco, USA

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Off Broadway West Theatre Company presents 'Master Harold'... and the boys.  It is at the Phoenix Theatre from 15 Oct- 19 Nov 2011.  The director is Richard Harder and the actors are LaMont Ridgell, Anthony Rollins-Mullen and Adam Simpson.

"Although the action all takes place in real time, Fugard will often depict entire scenes as remembrances of places and events that are so vivid that they take flight in one’s own imagination (aided by nice lighting changes by Sam Saunders). Never before have recitative passages of a dance competition or the flying of a kite been so eloquent or metaphorically significant!  Of course, the lines are only as good as those who deliver them, and one can’t imagine a more inspired casting choice than LaMont Ridgell as Sam. His wonderfully expressive facial gestures, body movement and speaking voice exude such passion for life that he’s a joy to behold. He successfully evinces the dignity and wisdom required of the role, and conveys a convincing paternal affection for both Hally and Willie." (by Gregory M. Alonzo in StarkInsider on 16 Nov 2011).

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Master Harold in San Diego, USA

Master Harold... and the boys

Community Actors Theatre in San Diego present Master Harold from 8- 30 Oct 2011.

"The heart wrenching story of a young White student who is caught up in emotional turmoil, makes perhaps, the inescapable move from innocence and childhood to poisonous bigotry."

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