Athol Fugard

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Fugard, Athol

(Athol Harold Lanigan Fugard) (ätōl` fyo͞o`gard, fo͞o–), 1932–, South African playwright, actor, and director. In 1965 he became director of the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth; in 1972 he was a founder of Cape Town's Space Experimental Theatre. One of the first white playwrights to collaborate with black actors and workers, Fugard writes of the frustrations of life in contemporary South Africa and of overcoming the psychological barriers created by apartheidapartheid
[Afrik.,=apartness], system of racial segregation peculiar to the Republic of South Africa, the legal basis of which was largely repealed in 1991–92. History
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. Some of his works, such as Blood Knot (1960), the first in his family trilogy, were initially banned in South Africa. Widely acclaimed, his plays include Boesman and Lena (1969), Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (1972), A Lesson from Aloes (1978), the semiautobiographical work Master Harold … and the Boys (1982), The Road to Mecca (1985), and Playland (1993). In his first two postapartheid plays, Valley Song (1995) and The Captain's Tiger (1998), Fugard addresses rather personal concerns, but in Sorrows and Rejoicings (2001) he focuses on the complex racial dynamics of South Africa's new era. In Victory (2007), Fugard uses his experience as a burglary victim to dramatize a bleak contemporary South Africa, where theft and violence thrive. Fugard has also written one novel, Tsotsi (1980).


See also his Notebooks 1960–1977 (1983) and Cousins: A Memoir (1998).

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A esta epoca, y a las circunstancias concretas del apartheid, respondia la obra del dramaturgo y director sudafricano Athol Fugard, quien hoy dia recorre la legua con un espectaculo autobiografico sobre aquellos tiempos que --esperemos-- no volveran pero permaneceran en la memoria como una de las grandes verguenzas de la humanidad.
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