Last Chance to catch Valley Song, one of the most-produced plays on the regional circuit, in a mounting at CA's Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Appropriately enough, Athol Fugard's drama, about country life in post-Apartheid South Africa, will be housed at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco, named for the African-American playwright.
Valley Song began previews Apr. 10, opened Apr. 15 and ends its scheduled run May 10.
Valley Song takes a loving, poetic look at a young girl, Veronica, and her devoted grandfather, Abraam "Buks" Jonkers. Veronica's singing aspirations makes her departure for the city inevitable, and Buks fears losing her. Presiding over the story is The Author, who wants to purchase the land so carefully nurtured by Buks. Valley Song is a drama of two generations facing the future with hope and uncertainty.
Appearing in Berkeley Rep's Valley Song are Anika Noni Rose as Veronica Jonkers and Paul Butler as Buks/The Author. Set design is by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Lydia Tanji and lighting design by Peter Maradudin. Mary Watkins serves as music director, Lynne Soffer as dialect coach.
Director Timothy Douglas has worked at Illinois Rep, the NY Shakespeare Festival and South Coast Rep. Other Fugard plays include Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Blood Knot, The Road To Mecca and the upcoming Captain's Tiger. Hansberry was the African-American playwright who penned Raisin in the Sun and Les Blancs.
For tickets ($34.50-$45) and information on Berkeley Rep's Valley Song at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter St., San Francisco, call (510) 845-4700.
-- By David Lefkowitz