"In his carefully built play, Fugard broadens the meaning of [outsider artist] Nukain's masterpiece by placing that powerful symbol of a man's human dignity in a modern-day context."--Variety
"Tender, ruminative. . . . Fugard has been anatomizing the evils of apartheid, and the troubling legacies it left behind, throughout his long and distinguished career."--The New York Times
A touching portrayal of compassion passed down through two generations in a racially-torn continent, Athol Fugard's latest play centers around Nukain and Bokkie, an elderly African painter and his young prot g . The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek observes two differing experiences with racism, in the decades during and following apartheid, while ultimately illuminating the meaning of preserving the history of one's own past. Within the span of his illustrious and widely-lauded work as a playwright, Athol Fugard has shed light on the looming shadow of apartheid and its resulting dissolution of society and politics in South Africa. This contemplative new work follows that legacy, asking us not to forget its relevance in the modern day.
Athol Fugard has been working in the theatre as a playwright, director and actor for more than fifty years. His plays include The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, 'Master Harold'...and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, My Children! My Africa!, The Blue Iris, The Train Driver, and more than a dozen others.
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Athol Fugard was born on June 11, 1932, in Middelburg, Great Karoo, Cape Province, South Africa. He has written close to fifty plays, as well as four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot (1961); Boseman and Lena (1969); "Master Harold..".and the boys (1982); The Road to Mecca (1984) and My Children! My Africa! (1989). Many of his works were turned into films: Tsotsi, based on his 1980 novel, won the 2005 Academy Award for best foreign language film. His work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa (imposed in 1948), through the first democratic elections (April 27, 1994), when Nelson Mandela became president, and into the aftermath of the present day. South Africa's best-known playwright, and one of the most performed playwrights in the world, at eighty, Fugard continues to direct and to write plays.
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