By Dennis Walder (auth.)
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And the boys, premiered on 10 March 1982 at the Yale Repertory Theatre and directed by the playwright hirnself. This is his most personal play, and travels furthest back into his own past. It has been remarkably successful in America, South 31 Athol Fugard Africa and Britain. Appropriately, the original cast of three included an actor first met in Sophiatown, and now living in New York - Zakes Mokae. 32 3 The Sophiatown Plays Athol Fugard's first real 'appointment' as a playwright was with Sophiatown.
These qualities he tried to express in the Sophiatown plays. No-Good Friday opens in a 'typical' Sophiatown backyard, late one Friday afternoon. A young woman is busy taking down tattered clothes from a washing-line strung between rusting sheets of corrugated iron. Sounds off indicate the domestic bustle of others preparing for the return of wage-earners with their pay packets - or tales of woe, such as that recounted by Guy, the saxophonist, whose entry initiates the action. e. Johannesburg). As their conversation shifts to Rebecca's man Willie, the main character and theme of the play are introduced: Willie is in his 'First year BA Correspondent'; it is his aim thereby to become 'independent'.
Fugard remembers hirn as the 'most significant - the only - friend' of his boyhood years. When he was about thirteen, and helping behind the counter in the St George's 22 Career and Personal Injluences Park tearoom while Semela waited at table, he and the man had 'a rare quarrei', the subject of wh ich is now forgotten. In a truculent silence we closed the cafe, Sam set off horne to New Brighton on foot and I followed a few minutes later on my bike. I saw hirn walking ahead of me and, coming out of a spasm of acute loneliness, as I rode behind hirn I called his name, he turned in mid-stride to look back and, as I cycled past, I spat in his face.
Athol Fugard by Dennis Walder (auth.)