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Sizwe Bansi and The Island in London. A new film of Master Harold coming on DVD. Fugard in San Diego, USA. Fugard in discussion on video.
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Sizwe Bansi and The Island in London
Sizwe Banzi is Dead: "How can I live as another man's ghost?
Directed by Matthew Xia, design by Hyemi Shin and Richard Hammarton, light by Ciaran Cunningham.
The Island: "John and Winston are cellmates.
One may soon be released; one serves a life sentence, but for now they are both prisoners. As they prepare to perform Antigone for the rest of the prison, the two friends begin to see themselves in the characters, exposing the tensions in their friendship and the oppression around them.
The two plays are at the Young Vic in London.
Sizwe Banzi is Dead is on from 18- 28 Sept 2013.
Click on the images for more information.
Fugard in discussion with Jez Butterworth and Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Fugard in conversation with playwrights Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Her Naked Skin) at the Simpkins Lee Lecture Theatre, Oxford, UK. Click on the image to watch the video.
Master Harold film coming on DVD
The new film of 'Master Harold' and the boys 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.
The film is now available from Amazon USA here. It is available on DVD or Blue-ray. Thanks to Giacomo from the forum for the information.
Have You Seen Us, new play
Frank Rizzo reports that Fugard is working
on a rewrite for his latest play, Have You Seen Us, "his first play set in
the USA in a coffee shop in a small shopping mall in Southern California.
A second reading is planned at the home of Sam Waterston, directed by
Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Long Wharf theatre who staged the
premiere of Fugard's Coming Home at his New Haven theater in January".
The link is here
New book on Fugard
A new book on Fugard by Alan Shelley. More details soon.
Encyclopædia Britannica Web's Best Site
Encyclopædia Britannica has listed this site as the Web's best site on Athol Fugard. Thanks- click on the image for the encyclopædia.
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Master Harold... and the Boys in Seattle, USA
West of Lenin present Master Harold... and the boys.
"A landmark play... set in 1950's apartheid South Africa. A universal coming-of-age story about a seventeen-year-old white boy, who has grown up with two black servants in his mother's tea shop, forms into a compelling drama... it is now acknowledged as a classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship and reconciliation traverse borders and time."
It is on from 28 Mar- 21 Apr 2013 at West of Lenin in Seattle, USA. Click on the image for more details.
My Children My Africa in NY, USA
Theatre Arts present a workshop production of My Children! My Africa
“My Children! My Africa!” tells the story of Mr. M, an idealistic teacher in South Africa in 1984, who seeks to provide a future for his student Thami by forming a debate team with Isabel, a brave student from the local white school. But outside the classroom Mr. M’s hopes for Thami are challenged by their generational divide and increasing political turmoil.
The director is Cynthia Henderson and the cast includes Ashton Muniz, Jelani Pitcher, Sarah
Morrisette, Cora Joe Anderson, and Ray Zanders. The assistant director
is Colby Senior, ad further credits are dramaturg Rocco Praderio, lighting/sound designer
E-hui Woo, freelance costume designer Heidi Hermiller, production liaison Eric Rothstein, production assistant
Danica Kelley, assistant stage manger Kelsey Dunne, and stage manager Travis
It is on 13- 14 Apr 2013 in the Earl McCarroll Studio Theatre (Studio 2) in Dillingham Center, Ithica, NY. Tickets are free but reservations are required- click on the image for more details.
The Road to Mecca in Milwaukee, USA
Renaissance Theaterworks present The Road to Mecca.
The director is Suzan Fete and the cast are Linda Stephens (Helen), Bri Sudia (Elsa) and Jonathan Gillard Daly (Marius). The Production Team are Julie Swenson (Producer), Brandy Kline (Stage Manager), Lisa Schlenker (Set Design), R.H. Graham (Lighting Design), Holly Payne (Costume Design), Paul Hurley (Sound Design), Nikki Kulas and Jen Lyons (Prop Design), Raeleen McMillion (Dialect Coach), Katie Martin (Visual Artist and 1000+ owl making), Brandon Kirkham (Sculptures), Anthony Lyons (Technical Director), Kat Wodtke (Deck Chief), Darcy Devens (Backstage/Wardrobe).
I like a play where "owl making" is part of the credits.
It is on at The Studio Theatre, Milwaukee from 5- 28 Apr 2013. Click on the image for more details.
Fugard festival in Namibia
Playland, Sizwe Bansi is Dead and Hello and Goodbye will all be performed as part of the annual festival of Committed Artists of Namibia.
Master Harold... and the Boys in Sacramento, USA
Sacramento Theatre Company present Master Harold... and the boys.
The cast are Michael J. Asberry (Sam), Rob Anthony Gray (Willie) and Will Block (Hally). The director is Buddy Butler.
It is on from 27 Mar- 5 May 2013. Click on the image for more details.
Blood Knot in New York, USA
Signature Theatre Company present Blood Knot, directed by Fugard. The actors are Colman Domingo (Zachariah) and Scott Shepherd (Morris).
"Between patchwork walls in a one-room shack, two biracial South African
brothers grapple with crippling poverty and lonely isolation. Morris, the
punctilious force that keeps their room tidy, is light-skinned enough to
pass for white, but dark-skinned Zach feels imprisoned by his job at a
whites-only park. When they find themselves on some dangerous new ground,
the brothers must come face to face with the blood knot between them."
New play in Afrikaans
During a talk with students on 7 Nov 2011 at the Stellenbosch University Fugard stated he was writing his first play in Afrikaans. Click on the image for more details.