One of the more popular plays on the regional circuit, Athol Fugard's Valley Song, now finds its way to the Arizona Theatre Company, which has produced four previous Fugard plays. Running to Nov. 29, Valley Song is a two character work set in South Africa's Karoo desert region. Valley Song shows the relationship between an old tenant farmer and his restless, 17-year-old daughter. In its Off-Broadway premiere, Fugard himself played both the elderly farmhand and the white narrator who owns the land. LisaGay Hamilton won an Obie Award for her portrayal of spirited Veronica.
Fugard's other works include Master Harold...And The Boys, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, A Lesson From Aloes, The Blood Knot, The Road To Mecca and My Children! My Africa!.
Starring in the ATC production (at the Herberger Center on East Monroe) are Jerome Kilty and Tamilla Woodard. Kilty starred on Broadway in Mastergate and 1950's The Relapse. Woodard appeared Off Broadway in the Melting Pot Theatre Company's revival of Home last season.
Now in his sixth season as ATC's artistic director, David Ira Goldstein directs Valley Song, which runs only to Nov. 29. Designing Valley Song are Bill Forrester (set), Kish Finnegan (costumes) and Tracy Odishaw (lighting). Didi Kriel has composed underscoring for the production, under the guidance of musical director Jerry Wayne Harkey.
For tickets ($19.50-$32.50) and information on Valley Song, which began previews Nov. 14 and opened Nov.15, call (602) 256-6995.
-- By David Lefkowitz