Fugard's Sizwe Banzi Is Dead to Play Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Company

News   Fugard's Sizwe Banzi Is Dead to Play Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Company Lawrence Stallings and Forrest McClendon will star in Athol Fugard's Sizwe Banzi Is Dead for Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Company.
Lawrence Stallings
Lawrence Stallings

The 1970's work, penned by Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, will run Jan. 30, 2009-March 1, 2009, under the direction of Peter DeLaurier. Opening night is Feb. 4, 2009. The 90-minute work, according to press notes, concerns "Styles (McClendon), an enterprising photographer, [who] has a small storefront in a Port Elizabeth township. When Sizwe (Stallings), a migrant worker, comes in to have his picture taken, the two explore issues of image and identity under South Africa's oppressive regime. Both soaring and personal, the play's attack on the dehumanizing laws of the apartheid era resonates with surprising humor and uplifting faith in the human spirit."

Fugard's plays include Bloodknot, Boesman and Lena, Coming Home, The Island, Master Harold and the Boys, My Children! My Africa!, Exits and Entrances, Victory, Bootjie and the Oubaas and Visions and Dreams.

Tickets are available by phoning (215) 829-0395 or by visiting www.lanterntheater.org.

The Lantern Theater Company performs at St. Stephen's Theater, located at 10th and Ludlow Streets in Philadelphia, PA.