My Children! My Africa! | Nov 11 – 29, 2015
By Athol Fugard; Co-Directed by James A. Williams and Jamil Jude
Regional Premiere; Drama
on the ANDY BOSS THRUST STAGE (enter Hamm Building at 408 St. Peter and go to lower level)
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In 1985, in a segregated township in South Africa, an idealistic teacher believes education— and poetry — can create a better future for his students. Amid anti-apartheid rioting, Mr. M hopes to offer reconciliation by forming a debate club between his black school and the local white school. But as neighborhood tensions escalate, students and teacher find themselves along the blurry line between revolution and terrorism. The shocking conclusion is a timely reminder that one person’s tragedy and a community’s deep sense of loss are inextricably linked. “…the real power of a history play is to make us realize that then is now and them is us.” –Variety
“I want the audience to listen for the tension these students feel as they seek to be agents of change in their society. For me as an artist, it is about how to balance your art with your beliefs. Then you realize/utilize the power of your passion.”
– James A. Williams, Co-Director
James A. Williams* – Co-Director
Jamil Jude – Co-Director
Lucinda Holshue – Dialect Coach
Gina Musto – Dramaturg
Trevor D. Bowen – Costume Designer
Katharine Horowitz – Sound Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Connor McEvoy – Properties Designer
Lance Brockman – Scenic Designer
Megan Fae Dougherty* – Stage Manager
*member, actors’ equity association
Saturday, Nov 21 (2:00pm) A Benefit Performance for Africa Classroom Connection Your $65 ticket will help build two classrooms in Africa and includes a wine and cheese reception. Come early to bid on jewelry, masks and baskets from South Africa, as well as an in-home South African wine tasting for 10 from Zwines.
Event sponsored by: Thomson Reuters, Zwines, Books for Africa, Lommen Abdo law firm, Merrill Lynch. Africa Classroom Connection provides resources to help build and improve schools in KwaZulu Natal. They work to get buildings built, help kids stay in school, and facilitate cultural exchanges/overseas travel.
Learn more at africaclassroomconnection.org
Dine & Dish with the Director: Wednesday, Nov 11
Enjoy a casual Wednesday supper at 6pm in the rehearsal hall with co-director Jamil Jude to delve into the context of the play. $40 includes supper catered by Afro Deli, one glass of wine, beer or soft drink and a great conversation.
Opening Night: Friday, Nov 13 Join the cast, director and production team for a champagne party in the lobby after the show. Free with the price of your ticket!
Musings: Saturday, Nov 14 (2:00pm) and Saturday, Nov 28 (7:30pm) You are invited to gather with fellow audience members for an open discussion about the show. We provide a host and a welcoming, congenial environment but you choose where the discussion leads.
Post-show Q & A with the cast: Wednesday, Nov 18 and Sunday, Nov 29 Discussion with cast members – your chance to ask questions!
Open Captioning: Friday, Nov 27; Saturday, Nov 28 (7:30pm) and Sunday, Nov 29 Don’t miss a word as the dialog is projected next to the stage.
SPECIAL OFFERS & BEST PRICES:
Pay What You Will Performance: Wednesday, Nov 18
Pay a sliding scale of $15, $25, or $35 for general admission seating. Reserve the seats you prefer for $40 (which includes a drink voucher). We have a price for you (yes you).
Theatre Fan Night Out: Four Tickets for $99
A perfect show to share and discuss. Use code FAN when ordering.
Offer not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. Valid for these performances: Thursday, Nov 19 at 7:30pm; Sunday, Nov 22 at 2pm; Friday, Nov 27 at 7:30pm
Best Value Performance: $15 off! Wednesday, Nov 11 at 7:30pm.
Use code VAL when ordering.
Age 30 or under? Your tickets are always $21
(standard seating) Use code 30U when ordering.
My Children! My Africa! | Nov 11 – 29, 2015 on the ANDY BOSS THRUST STAGE
(enter Hamm Building at 408 St. Peter Street and take elevator or stairs to lower level)
New! Pay What You Will Wednesday (calendar code = $)
A price for you (yes you). Pay a sliding scale of $15, $25 or $35 for general admission seating. Reserve the seats you prefer for $40 (which includes a drink voucher).
All shows, dates, access services, artists and prices subject to change.