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The Train Driver

The Train Driver
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Athol Fugard
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 354
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 0573700427
ISBN-13: 9780573700422

About the Play:

The Train Driver is a full length drama by Athol Fugard. Based on a shocking and true story of a mother who with her three children committed suicide on the train tracks in Cape Town, The Train Driver is an emotional exploration of the legacy of apartheid. This two-hander is about the train’s traumatized engineer tormented by the nightmare that has shattered his life until he is awakened by an extraordinary stranger. A mesmerizing, transforming and deeply personal journey into the human soul,

The Train Driver is a beautiful and haunting play of redemptive power. Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

The Train Driver premiered in 2010 during the opening season of The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, before being re-staged at Hampstead Theatre in London. The US premiere was also in 2010 to rave reviews at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.

Cast: 2 men

What people say:

"A deceptively simple but devastating critique of post-apartheid South Africa ... Brave, confrontational and tender ... Essential theatre viewing." — Sunday Times (South Africa)

"Four stars! Fugard shows that potent, engaged theater is not yet six feet under." — Time Out New York

"Riveting drama…." — Newsday

"Moving! Fugard writes with compassion and insight." — The New York Times

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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