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Exits and Entrances

Exits and Entrances
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Athol Fugard
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 36
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0822220415
ISBN-13: 9780822220411
Cast Size: 2 men

About the Play:

Exits and Entrances is a full-length drama by Athol Fugard. Focuses on the connections between an idealistic young playwright and a fading middle-aged actor, student and teacher, upstart and mentor. In Exits and Entrances, a young playwright and an aging actor at opposite ends of the career spectrum strike up a friendship that becomes a springboard for questions about life, art, and why we all do what we do, day in and day out, right up to old age.

Exits and Entrances is based directly on Athol Fugard's own early formative experiences in South African theatre and the effect that the legendary Afrikaans actor André Huguenet had on him in shaping his own vision of theatre. Engulfed in a world defined by the division of apartheid, a young man on the threshold of his career as a playwright, addressed only as "The Playwright," prepares an arrogant and aging star whom he admires for the evening's performance of Oedipus Rex. The action takes place in a series of scenes set in various dressing rooms during which the confrontation between two starkly differing realities plays out with humour, pathos and dramatic power. The Playwright struggles to find his voice, and the actor, who has reached the end of his career on the stage, confronts his fear of no longer being admired, needed or wanted. As they debate, the pair finds themselves at odds about why art matters and the extent of its impact on the world. It is a play in which the young man's optimism and hope balance the despair and disillusionment of the aging actor. But, above all else, this is a play that celebrates theatre and its abiding significance. From the two very different perspectives of the young man and the old actor, Exits and Entrances also reflects the search for a theatre of relevance in an oppressive society.

Exits and Entrances premiered in 2004 at the intimate confines of 78-seat Fountain Theatre on the east side of Hollywood. As the rave reviews of the premiere in Los Angeles reveal, this is a play that is intensely human and speaks to everyone. Its UK premiere was in 2007 at The Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Fringe.

Cast: 2 men

What people say:

"[Fugard] can say more with a single line than most playwrights convey in an entire script…Paraphrasing the title, it's safe to say this drama, making its memorable entrance into our consciousness, is unlikely to exit as long as a theater exists for exceptional work." — Variety

"A thought-provoking, elegant and engrossing new play by Athol Fugard." — Hollywood Reporter

"Fugard remains the rare thing he always was: a brilliant, fearless playwright, tapping into the essence of what it feels like to be human…." — BackStage West

"A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize." — The New Yorker

About the Playwright:

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town, and frequently directs and performs in his plays which are regularly performed in theatres in South Africa, Great Britain, the United States and around the world. Several of his plays have been adapted for the screen and his novel Tsotsi was made into a film that won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2011 he received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre.

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