Athol Fugard Premiere About Apartheid Begins Tonight at Signature

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Signature Theatre's world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol Fugard ("Master Harold"...and the Boys, Blood Knot), begins April 21, with an official opening night set for May 11. 

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek explores the history of apartheid and tells the story of aging farmer and artist Nukain, played by Leon Addison Brown (Cinemax's "The Knick," The Train Driver). Brown's character is inspired by the real life of South African artist Nukain Mabusa.

Leon Addison Brown
Leon Addison Brown

Fugard is the winner of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and previous Signature playwright-in-resident at the Off-Broadway theatre.

Performances of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek run through May 31.

The cast also features Bianca Amato (Macbeth), Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion Kingand Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!). 

In The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, aging farmer Nukain is approaching the end of a life-long project, that of painting the rocks at Revolver Creek and transforming the land into a colorful garden of painted flowers. According to press notes, "Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare."

The design team includes Christopher H. Barreca (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Stowe Nelson (sound design), Barbara Rubin (dialect coach). Linda Marvel is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA.

Performances are at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd St. To purchase tickets call (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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