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Sorrows and Rejoicings

Sorrows and Rejoicings
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Athol Fugard
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 1559362081
ISBN-13: 9781559362085
Cast Size: 3 women, 1 man

About the Play:

Sorrows and Rejoicings is a full-length drama by Athol Fugard. With lyrical grace, one of the world’s greatest playwrights once again demonstrates the human struggle to transcend the treacherous injustices of history.

Sorrows and Rejoicings is a political play about the legacy of apartheid and the future of South Africa. Two women meet in a small Karoo village after the funeral of David Olivier (pronounced Dahvid Olifeer in Afrikaan), a political activist, writer and poet, the man they both loved. One is white and was his wife. The other is black and the mother of his child. David, who was driven into exile because of his political activism against apartheid, reappears in the searing memories of the women. During a hot afternoon of truth and reconciliation, treaties of love are painfully hammered out. The young confront the old, and what is hope for these individuals is hope for the new South Africa.

Sorrows and Rejoicings premiered in 2001 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.

Cast: 3 women, 1 man

What people say:

"Fugard's most magical, heartbreaking study of South Africa." — New York Post

"Eloquent, moving and piercingly sad, ... Athol Fugard's play is rich in moments of intense anguish." — 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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