Tonight, on the Thrust Stage, Athol Fugard's Coming Home begins previews (opening night is Wednesday, January 20). This incredibly moving play, directed by Gordon Edelstein, addresses the complexities of contemporary post-apartheid South Africa in a deeply personal way.
In today's San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, and Contra Costa Times, theatre writer Karen D'Souza writes about Coming Home, and her article features a wonderful interview with Fugard.
Here he is commenting on the play: "Children are the seeds of hope; they are the only hope of any society," he says. "I hope that people come away from the play with a reverence for life, the fragility of life."
The San Francsico Chronicle's Ovation section also focused on Coming Home for a recurring feature they do on significant props in local productions. In this case, they zeroed in on a tin that contains pumpkin seeds and other surprising symbols of hope.
Here's an excellent interview Fugard did during rehearsals for his most recently produced new play, Have You Seen Us? at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn. He describes himself as a "compulsive storyteller" and describes his relationship with director Gordon Edelstein.
And finally, here's another interesting video — this one features Fugard talking to the audience after a performance of Coming Home at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles last year. He mentions Valley Song (produced by Berkeley Rep in 1998), the play that introduced the characters of Veronica and Oupa, whose stories continue in Coming Home.
Top photo: Roslyn Ruff and Lou Ferguson in Coming Home. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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