THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY
PRODUCTION OF THEIR 2007-2008 SEASON…
"MASTER HAROLD" ... AND THE BOYS
Written by Athol Fugard
Directed by David Rose
Limited Engagement opens Saturday, October 20 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank!
"An exhilarating play...a triumph of playmaking, and unforgettable!" -NY Post
26, 2007...Burbank...Following the triumph of its most recent
critically-acclaimed, sold-out production of Joanna McClelland Glass'
TRYING, the Colony Theatre Company presents the third production of its
2007 - 2008 season, "MASTER HAROLD"... AND THE BOYS, written by Athol
Fugard, directed by David Rose and featuring Michael Tauzin, Michael A.
Shepperd and Thomas Silcott. "MASTER HAROLD" AND THE BOYS
will preview on Wednesday, October 17; Thursday, October 18 and Friday,
October 19 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00pm
and continue through Sunday, November 18 at the Colony Theatre, 555
North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center.
ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950s South Africa turns into a profound
and life-changing experience for young, white Harold and his beloved
black servants. A stunning masterpiece, one of the most powerful
coming-of-age plays ever written, and still timely, still compelling,
still unbearably moving.
ABOUT THE PLAY
all Athol Fugard's plays, none is more personal than "Master Harold" .
. . and the Boys; because it relates a boyhood incident which involved
himself and which haunted him for years until he tried to atone by
writing this play. First produced at the Yale Repertory Theater in
1982, "Master Harold". . . and the Boys is based on the playwright's
early life in South Africa. But the play itself is not a simple
retelling of an incident from his past. Rather, Fugard has presented a
personal experience that extends to universal humanity. If the play
were simply a polemic against the policy of apartheid, it would already
be outdated now that sweeping change has transformed South Africa.
Instead, Fugard wrote a play about human relationships that are put to
the test by societal and personal forces. Because Fugard (critically)
focused most of his work on the injustices of the apartheid system of
South Africa's government, government officials called many of Fugard's
works subversive and several times attempted to prevent publication
and/or production of his plays. Much of his early work was presented to
small private audiences to avoid government censorship. "Master Harold"
.. and the Boys, however, played 344 performances on Broadway and was
produced in other major cities including London. The play was
officially banned by the South African government. Despite the efforts
of his native country, the wider world community did not Ignore
Fugard's work and "Master Harold" .. and the Boys earned the Drama Desk
A ward and Critics Circle Award for best play in 1983, and London's
Evening Standard Award in 1984. The play has subsequently earned a
place in contemporary world drama, enjoying frequent revivals around
the world. It is considered to be one of Fugard's masterpieces and a
vital work valued for both its universal themes of humanity and its
skilled theater craft.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
ATHOL FUGARD (Playwright)
South African playwright, actor, and director is known for his subtle,
poignant descriptions of the racial problems in his country. In 1965 he
became director of the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth; in 1972 he
was a founder of Cape Town's Space Experimental Theatre. One of the
first white playwrights to collaborate with black actors and workers,
Fugard writes of the frustrations of life in contemporary South Africa
and of overcoming the psychological barriers created by apartheid. His
messages were discreet enough that his plays could be performed in
South Africa, yet strong enough to have an important impact on the
audience. While his plays were not explicitly anti-apartheid, the
sorrows that arise in them do so as a result of apartheid.
said of his writing, "The sense I have of myself is that of a
'regional' writer with the themes, textures, acts of celebrations, of
defiance and outrage that go with the South African experience. These
are the only things I have been able to write about." Some of his
works, such as Blood Knot (1960), the first in his family trilogy, were
initially banned in South Africa. Widely acclaimed, his plays include
Boesman and Lena (1969), Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (1972), A Lesson from
Aloes (1978), the semiautobiographical work Master Harold...and the
Boys (1982), The Road to Mecca (1985), and Playland (1993). In his
first two post-apartheid plays, Valley Song (1995) and The Captain's
Tiger (1998), Fugard addresses rather personal concerns, but in Sorrows
and Rejoicings (2001) he focuses on the complex racial dynamics of
South Africa's new era. Fugard has also written one novel, Tsotsi
Director DAVID ROSE
has 22 productions to his credit since he became a company member
in1990. He staged recent Colony productions of I Have Before Me a
Remarkable Document Written by A Young Lady From Rwanda, Billy Bishop
Goes to War, Sherlock's Last Case, The Drawer Boy, Fuddy Meers, The
Nerd (with French Stewart), The Man Who Came to Dinner, and the World
Premiere of Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme. He also directed Our Country's
Good (six L.A. Ovation award nominations, Drama-Logue award), the L.A.
Premiere of The Living, The Front Page (L.A. Weekly award - Revival
Production of the Year), You Can't Take it With You (Drama-Logue
award), June Moon, and the West Coast Premiere of Peccadillo. As an
actor, he has appeared at the Colony in Morning's at Seven, The
Clearing, Incident at Vichy, Einstein and the Polar Bear, Pastoral, and
Bedroom Farce (Drama-Logue award.) Elsewhere in Los Angeles, he has
directed productions of Geniuses (Drama-Logue award), Justin Tanner's
Big Bear, and the smash hit Road to Nirvana (Drama-Logue award) - all
at Third Stage, as well as The Dining Room at Theatre 40, Inspecting
Carol at the Ivy Substation (Drama-Logue award) and Chased From
Paradise and The Blues are Running at the Lost Studio. He is the former
Artistic Director of The New York Comedy Repertory Ensemble and a
founding member of Washington D.C's acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theatre
ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
HAROLD...AND THE BOYS features Michael A. Shepperd (Smokey Joe's Cafe,
The Bacchae) as Sam, Thomas Silcott (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da
Funk) as Willie and Michael Tauzin (The Bacchae, Beautiful Thing) as
MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS has assembled an
award-winning design team. The set design is by Victoria Profitt
(Trying, I Capture the Castle). The costume design is by A. Jeffrey
Schoenberg (Trying, The Devils) The lighting design is by Don Guy (The
Grand Tour). The sound design is by Cricket S. Myers (Trying, The
HAROLD"...AND THE BOYS will open on Saturday, October 20 and perform
through Sunday, November 18, 2007. Performances for "MASTER HAROLD"...
AND THE BOYS, will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at
2:00pm and 7:00pm. There will be additional performances on Saturday,
October 27 and November 3 at 3pm and Thursday, November 8 and November
15 at 8pm. Ticket prices range from $37.00 - $42.00 (student,
senior and group discounts are available). Preview performances will be
Wednesday, October 17 at 8pm; Thursday, October 18 at 8pm and Friday,
October 19 at 8:00pm. Preview Tickets are $20.00 - $25.00. Opening
night performance with reception - all tickets $50.00. For tickets,
call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext. 15.
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