Fugard's Victory to Make U.S. Premiere at the Fountain

News   Fugard's Victory to Make U.S. Premiere at the Fountain The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, will present the U.S. premiere of Athol Fugard's Victory in 2008.

Directed by Stephen Sachs, performances will begin at the California venue Jan. 17, 2008, with an official opening Jan. 25. The limited engagement of the play — about the search for hope in the "New South Africa" — will run through March 9.

The cast will feature Morlan Higgins, Lovensky Jean-Baptiste and Tinashe Kajese. The creative team will include Travis Gale Lewis (set design), Christian Epps (lighting design), Shon LeBlanc (costume design), David B. Marling (sound design), John Minchin (props), Judi Lewin (make-up), Doug Lowery (fight choreography), JB Blanc (dialect coach) and Kerrie Blaisdell (stage manager).

In Victory, press notes state, "Fugard examines life in post-apartheid South Africa. Two young blacks looking for cash break into the house of an elderly white man. Vicky (Kajese) is a teenager living in a dusty and deprived Karoo town. Led astray by her reckless thug boyfriend, Freddie (Jean-Baptiste), Vicky formulates a plan to vandalize the home of Lionel Benson (Higgins), the employer of her late mother. When the old man discovers them ransacking his home, an explosive, savage confrontation reveals the twisted emotional ties that bind them all."

South African playwright, actor and director Fugard is also the author of Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena (Obie Award, Best Foreign Play), Sizwe Bansi Is Dead (Tony Award, Best Play), A Lesson from Aloes (New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Play), Master Harold...and the Boys (Writers Guild Award, Outstanding Achievement) and The Road to Mecca (New York Drama Critics Circle Citation, Best Foreign Play, London Evening Standard Award, Best Play).

The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. For tickets call (323) 663-1525 or visit www.fountaintheatre.com.