Steppenwolf ensemble member K. Todd Freeman—seen on Broadway in The Song of Jacob Zulu and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—trades the stage for the director's chair with this production. He guides a cast that includes Nick Ferrin, Kenn E. Head and Cedric Young. The play is set in South Africa in the 1950's, and looks at the relationship between Hally, a privileged white student, and Sam and Willie, the older black men who work for Hally's father in a restaurant. The three share a close bond lacking in the young man's thorny relationship with his parents. However, during the course of extended conversation which shifts from Hally's studies to Sam and Willie's preparation for a ballroom dancing contest, the ugly political and social realities of the country rear their heads, and warp their feeling for eachother forever.
The play was recently revived on Broadway with Danny Glover in the cast.