Set in a South African traveling amusement park on New Year’s Eve, Athol Fugard’s Playland explores the possibilities for blacks and whites to find understanding in a racially divided world. A volatile dialogue begins when two men - a former soldier and a night watchman - delve into their sordid pasts. A Steppenwolf Theatre Company production.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording starring Lou Ferguson, Francis Guinan, and Paul Sandberg. Directed by Nan Withers-Wilson. Recorded before a live audience by L.A. Theatre Works.
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- Gretchen SLP
South Africa On The Eve of Apartheid's End
About 15 years ago, we saw an incredibly powerful production of this explosive play at Celebration Arts, a Sacramento theatre company dedicated to performing the works of black playwrights and works focusing on issues of ethnocentrism around the world. We have never forgotten it or the amazing talent of the black male lead, in particular. Recently when we were talking about it, I wondered if Audible might have a recorded version, looked for it, and found this stunner. If you're at all interested in what South Africa was like just before the end of Apartheid, if you admired Trevor Noah's recent memoir Born a Crime and want to know more, or if you just admire great theatre, this 2-man tour de force is for you.
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