Athol Fugard & South African
Athol Fugard (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in English, best known for his political plays opposing the South African system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy-Award winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood. South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. /5
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Athol Fugard, South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director
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The news is out! Look what we'll have for you next season: 2014-15 SEASON FEATURES GUNDERSON, FUGARD, SHANLEY Athol Fugard. John Patrick Shanley. Lauren Gunderson. Evan Smith. Theatrical Outfit looks to the past, celebrates the present and embraces the future in its 38th season, spotlighting signature voices that will spark important conversations about class, education, faith, the stars and our places in the world. Our 2014-15 season features two Atlanta premieres, the debut on our stage of Decatur-bred, San Francisco-based Gunderson, the words of the award-winning South African sage Fugard and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Shanley. “It’s nearly impossible to discuss the topics that these plays embrace: religion, politics, gender and money,” says Executive Artistic Director Tom Key. “But when we meet these topics as human beings in a story, then we can naturally and honestly discuss these realities in a way that is transformative. When I have a lineup like this, then I know this will be a season th ...
ONE of the legacies that apartheid gave to Africa is the canon known to the literary world today as protest literature or literature of pains. This was an imaginative response by different strata of South African writers community to the challenges of race politics that was practiced by the ruling dominant white minority in the hey days of apartheid. This form literature found expressionism in all the genres of literary expressionism vis-a- vis prose, drama and poetry as well as theatre, movie and popular culture. The fulcrum of this literary tradition was to use the the imaginative power to engage the politics of colour that segregated the rainbow people of colour. Nelson Mandela The works that captured this canon of writing looked at the various ranges of segregation that that took place in the South Africa’s society whether it was at the mine, in the church, school, place of work and other public space. From this tradition, emerged a whole range of writer activists, wgho employed the power of the ...
I had a glimpse into the prison experience of Nelson Mandela when John Martins and I performed in a play by the South African playwright Athol Fugard, "The Island" at Earlham College. I performed the role made famous by South African actor Winston Ntshona. I remember vividly the emotions that were stirred especially in the wake of US Rep. Charles Rangel's efforts to get US and other companies to divest from South Africa in an effort to end apartheid (properly pronounced like apart hate). RIP sincerely Former President Mandela.
Upon the death of the great Nelson Mandela, I've been reflecting on how I first became aware of him and South Africa and Apartheid. Strangely, it was through theatre. In 1990, I was invited by the English Dept at Mount St Marys College to develop An Evening of Athol Fugard (a South African playwright who used his plays as protest against Apartheid). As a director, I researched, selected scenes, used projections, guided a student dramaturg, and explored the socio-political issues with my student actors. It was a wonderful, rare experience where the director/teacher and students learned side-by-side. Nelson said: "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another..." Great words to live by, everywhere.
Wrote this post on South African playwright Athol Fugard's play "My Children, My Africa" a year or so ago.
TODAY IN HISTORY (26 September, 2004) Former SA president and long serving political prisoner, Nelson Mandela, was voted the Greatest South African in a TV show that had the country nominate their 100 most favourite personalities. The ranking of the rest of the top 10 had yet to be decided. SABC3 intended to screen documentaries devoted to the top ten over the next nine weeks until December 9, the culmination of the vote. The top nine, following Mandela, were in alphabetical order: Dr Chris Barnard, F.W. de Klerk, Mahatma Gandhi, Nkosi Johnson, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Gary Player; Jan Smuts and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. There were some surprising inclusions in this list, such as Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid and Steve Hofmeyr, receiving more support than Walter Sisulu. The list included a number of writers, actors and singers, but only one painter, J.H. Pierneef at 99. Athol Fugard came in as the 100th greatest South African of all time. The program was stopped because of pol ...
JUST ANNOUNCED! Play Club Announces Winter Series: HOOKED ON CLASSICS CAPE TOWN – Play Club, Cape Town’s Book Club for Theatre Lovers, will continue their rave-reviewed afternoons with a brand new series just in time for winter: Hooked On Classics. This series will feature some of theatre’s classics with scripts by Athol Fugard, Edward Albee and Agatha Christie. In August, we celebrate Play Club’s first South African script by South African playwright, Athol Fugard: PEOPLE ARE LIVING THERE. It’s a penetrating psychological study of frustration and loneliness as four people spend an evening together in the kitchen of a cheap Johannesburg boarding house where they live. Sunday 18 August For September, we look at one of Broadway’s great plays: Edward Albee’s biting dark comedy WHO’S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? In its 1963 premiere, it won the Tony Award for Best Play, along with a rave review from the New York Herald-Tribunes, who called it “a beautiful piece of writing.” Albee examines the ...
Enjoyed the interview with South African playwright Athol Fugard on the Charlie Rose Show!...Interesting how he saw things back in the day!
Banyan actors and director discuss the Tony-nominated apartheid drama by South African playwright Athol Fugard.
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