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"Master Harold"...and the Boys

"Master Harold"...and the Boys
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Athol Fugard
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 73
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0573640394
ISBN-13: 9780573640391
Cast Size: 3 men (1 white, 2 black)

About the Play:

"Master Harold" ...and the Boys is one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

"Master Harold" ...and the Boys is a full-length drama by Athol Fugard. In South Africa during the apartheid era a young white man's relationship with his two older black servants changes as he matures.

"Master Harold" ...and the Boys, about a young white boy and two African servants, is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story. A white teen, who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth, learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid. Considered by many to be Athol Fugard's masterpiece, "Master Harold" ...and the Boys is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.

"Master Harold" ...and the Boys premiered in 1982 by the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. It opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in 1982. The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony Award in 1982 brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's excellent revival of "Master Harold" ...and the Boys. The play is regularly performed in repertory and college theatre productions.

Cast: 3 men (1 white, 2 black)

What people say:

"One of those depth charge plays [that] has lasting relevance [and] can triumphantly survive any test of time...The story is simple, but the resonance that Fugard brings to it lets it reach beyond the narrative, to touch so many nerves connected to betrayal and guilt. An exhilarating play.... It is a triumph of playmaking, and unforgettable." — New York Post

"Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political ." — The New York Times

"This revival brings out [the play's] considerable strengths." — New York Daily News

"One of Fugard's most universal works of theatre. It operates on two levels: as the story of a loving but lacerating relationship between a black man and a white boy; and ... as a powerful political statement about apartheid." — The New Yorker

"The greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world ." — Time Magazine

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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