My Children My Africa in South
Africa and USA.
Blood Knot in North Carolina, The Island in Chicago, Valley Song in
California. Adolphus Ward passes away. Fugard awarded honorary degree in
Literature. A thesis on Blood Knot available online.
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Last update 24 Aug 2022.
My Children My Africa in South Africa
Soweto Theatre Schools Setworks
Festival present My Children M Africa from 16- 25 Aug 2022.
"In a classroom of the black Zolile High, Mr. M referees a student
debate contesting that women should not receive the same education as
men... Outside the classroom, Mr. M’s hopes for Thami are challenged by
their generational divide and increasing political unrest under the South
African government’s policy of apartheid".
More details are on the Soweto Theatre website click
My Children! My Africa! in USA CT plus discussion
HartBeat Ensemble presents My
Children! My Africa! from 9 Oct- 9 Sept 2022 at Carriage House Theater,
Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude and the
performers are Brianna Joy Ford, Jelani Pitcher and Godfrey L. Simmons Jr.
Lighting Design is by Jon-Paul
LaRocco, Set Design by Norm Johnson Jr., Sound Design by Maritza Ubides
and Stage Manager Martha Lorena Preve.
"The great South African
playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this
compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of
increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to
persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not
violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems".
are on the
HartBeat Ensemble website
As well there is ENCOUNTERS: My
Children! My Africa!
"a special dialogue event that features small group discussions, on
critical questions about the play, as well as specialist feedback and
engagement". It is on 12 Oct 2022 and registration is free, see the
Blood Knot in North Carolina, USA
The Black Box Series present Athol
Fugard's Blood Knot from 16 Sept- 9 Oct 2022. It is performed at the
Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina.
"Relatable and searingly intimate,
Blood Knot asks us to dig beneath the surface of what makes us kin and
what happens when we don’t like what we find there.
renowned South African playwright Athol Fugard, Blood Knot is about the
relationship between two biracial half-brothers: dark-skinned Zach and
light-skinned Morris, who has recently returned home after passing as
white for many years. The play follows the brothers as they grapple with
crippling poverty and lonely isolation—living a strained existence in a
one-room shack in apartheid South Africa. The brothers' desperation
exposes the complex angles of their relationship in this powerful,
It is directed by
Vickie Washington and the players
are Arusi Santi and Odera Adimorah.
Details are on the Flat Rock website
Valley Song in California, USA
ICT present Valley Song
from 24 Aug - 11 Sept 2022 at
ICT's home in the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
The director is caryn desai (she writes her name without
capitals) and the two roles are played by Michael A. Shepperd and Belle
"Written after the collapse of
South Africa's system of institutionalized racial oppression known as
apartheid, Valley Song reflects Fugard's optimism for a new future as it
examines a family's intergenerational dynamics against the backdrop of
Details are on the ICT website
The Island in Chicago
Court Theatre, the professional
theatre of the University of Chicago, present The Island. The
director is Gabrielle Randle-Bent. It runs from 11 Nov- 4 Dec 2022.
More details when available.
"John and Winston are political
prisoners on South Africa’s infamous Robben Island, spending their days
toiling at grueling, futile tasks in the prison’s quarry. At night, they
secretly rehearse a two-man version of Antigone and find solace and
strength in their burgeoning friendship. The Island is at once a sobering
glimpse into the social, physical, and psychological wounds of Apartheid;
a lesson in the complex work of liberation; and a testament to the
transformative power of theatre".
Details are on the Court Theatre website
"I sing for beloved Fountain actor Adolphus Ward"
Adolphus Ward who played in
Fugard's Coming Home and The Train Driver has passed away aged 88.
There is a moving tribute by Stephen Sachs, Artistic Director of the
Fountain Theatre "In Fugard’s The Train Driver, he played a gravedigger
overseeing a bleak South African burial site for the unknown and unwanted,
who “puts the nameless ones in the grave.” I’ll never forget the moment in
the play when Adolphus, as the gravedigger, sang a Xhosa lullaby to the
souls in the ground who were “sleeping.” The song floated from Adolphus
like smoke on the night air. Haunting, beautiful, quietly transcendent".
The link is on Intimate Excellent- the Fountain Theatre blog -
Blood Knot thesis
A thesis "The
evolution of Athol Fugard's The blood knot" is now available online at the
website of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The MA thesis is
by Kim Lauren McKay from 1987.
script from the 1960's was not to be the last for The Blood Knot, however,
and in the 1980's Fugard turned his attention again to this play. This
new, shorter version succeeds without the early poetic stance and natural
imagery; it relies instead on a more
forceful tone and a more clearly
political message, both of which comment on the artist and his world ".
You can read the
thesis on the Lehigh Preserve website
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