South Africa: Then & Now
By Athol Fugard | Directed by Joy Zinoman
In rep with A Human Being Died That Night
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
March 29—April 30, 2017
The first show in Mosaic Theater’s South Africa repertory, this landmark classic from South Africa’s most acclaimed playwright, Athol Fugard, is a harrowing fable of two brothers bound by blood and separated by color. The light-skinned Morris and his darker-skinned brother Zachariah share a one-room shack in Port Elizabeth, where their childhood memories form a bond that runs deep. But when Zachariah’s pen-pal, a white woman, announces her intention to meet him in person, it is Morris who cloaks himself in the clothes and mannerisms he learned while “passing” in white society in order to pose as his brother.
Helmed by Studio Theatre founding artistic director Joy Zinoman, Blood Knot is “a contemporary classic…as both a deeply human experience and a symbolic statement on the anguish of Apartheid” (New York Times).
Blood Knot runs approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, witih one 15 minute intermission.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-7993 ext 2
Box Office Hours
Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.
Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.
Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.
Opening Night: Sunday, April 2 at 7:30PM
FIRST 8 PERFORMANCES
Wed March 29 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Thur March 30 at 8PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Fri March 31 at 8PM
Sat April 1 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat April 1 at 8PM
Sun April 2 at 7:30PM | Opening Night, SOLD OUT
Wed April 5 at 8PM
Thur April 6 at 11AM | Cast talkback
Fri April 7 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm
Sat April 8 at 8PM
Wed April 12 at 8PM
Thur April 13 at 8PM
Fri April 14 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm
Sat April 15 at 3PM | Post show discussion
Sat April 15 at 8PM
Tue April 18 at 8PM
Wed April 19 at 8PM
Thur April 20 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Fri April 21 at 8PM
Sat April 22 at 8PM | Peace Café BEFORE the show; Open Captions available
Sun April 23 at 3PM | Post show discussion; Open Captions available
Mon April 24 at 8PM
Tue April 25 at 8PM
Thur April 27 at 8PM
Fri April 28 at 8PM
Sat April 29 at 8PM | Cast talkback
Sun April 30 at 3PM
Reva & David Logan Foundation
Community Engagement Series
Truth and Reconciliation:
Enduring and Dismantling Racism
All discussions are free and open to the public, and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
Meet the Artists
Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard OIS (Playwright) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in English. He is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood. Fugard is an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego. For the academic year 2000–2001, he was the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the recipient of many awards, honors, and honorary degrees, including the 2005 Order of Ikhamanga in Silver "for his excellent contribution and achievements in the theatre" from the government of South Africa. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Joy Zinoman (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director at The Studio Theatre, where she directed more than 70 productions before retiring in 2010. In her 35 years at Studio, she led the theatre through 200 productions, which garnered 250 Helen Hayes nominations and many awards. She received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction for A Number by Caryl Churchill and Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard, and was nominated for the award nine times. Recently, Ms. Zinoman directed Sounding Beckett at Classic Stage Company in New York City. Her last plays at The Studio Theatre included American Buffalo by David Mamet, Moonlight by Harold Pinter, The History Boys by Alan Bennett, Shining City by Conor McPherson, Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard, The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, and The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. A pioneer in the development of the Logan Circle neighborhood, her numerous honors include The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community, the Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and the Washingtonian of the Year Award. She is also a Master Teacher and Director of Curriculum at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, which she founded in 1975.