OF COURSE THE WORLD THAT FUGARD
puts onstage, and from which the play emerged, is not the American South but the South African apartheid system of the 1950s and '60s.
Master Harold" is a frank autobiography of Athol Fugard
's agonized growing up with an alcoholic, disabled father and his mother in South Africa in the 1950s; it is a reenactment of his complicated relationship with his good friend and mentor, Sam, the Fugard
family's Black employee; it is also a quiet, piercing reflection on the legacy of apartheid.
By contrast, Fugard
and Wicomb question the ease of moving forward by accepting the past.
is extremely poetic," Sand said, "especially in this piece."
Theatre: 'The Worst Possible Time to talk to an actor is immediately after a performance.' Some asides are riveting, especially for theatre students--such as his casual references to watching shows in London with Fugard
, his wife and actors such as Ben Kingsley, and of having Kathy Bates coming around to their place to work with Yvonne while they were preparing The Road to Mecca.
A final and more subtle way that Tolstoy's presence is evident in Fugard
's play involves the implicit presence of Tolstoy's Gerasim, the kindly young servant in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych (1886).
's The Island (based on Sophocles' Antigone) has become a "classic" in its own right.
First staged in Cape Town in 1972, the play was jointly devised by Athol Fugard
and the original actors, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, who performed it again as recently as last year.
Written by Athol Fugard
, Winston Ntshona and John Kani, who is currently starring in Nothing but the Truth at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre, the play came out of apartheid South Africa.
Review of Skinner's Drift, by Lisa Fugard
(Scribner, 2006) First aired on NPR March 15, 2006
Writer-director Gavin Hood delivers a compelling morality tale, adapted from a novel by Athol Fugard
, that steadfastly avoids pat sentimentality or sermonising.
The foreign language Oscar winner, Tsotsi, from South Africa, is based on an early novel by Athol Fugard
, known in the United States primarily as a playwright.